What Does an Order to Investigate Mean?
DCPP can file an Order to Investigate in Superior Court if they want to force you to do something that you have refused to do. An Order to Investigate is a preliminary step before they file a complaint against you. If the judge concurs with the DCPP on their application, the judge will grant the Order to Investigate, which means you now must comply with DCPP’s demands. If you don’t, DCPP may file a complaint against you which may include a removal of your children. If you do comply, you may give them the evidence to file a complaint against you which again can include placing your children in foster care. Sounds like a no win situation right?
Well before you just throw in the towel or just handle this by yourself, call our team of tough, smart DCPP defense lawyers. DCPP cannot just do whatever they want. There are restrictions in what they can ask for and what the judge can order. Furthermore, there is a legal standard that they must meet. In other words, they just don’t get to request anything for no reason. However, the problem is that a lot of people don’t challenge these applications. Unless you hire a lawyer, you will be alone in court as there is no public defender available.
Don’t go through this alone. Our team of experienced lawyers will work to fight for you and do everything possible to dismiss the order to investigate and get DYFS out of your life. Call our NJ DCPP defense lawyers at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529). This 24/7 toll free hotline will connect you to smart and tough lawyers, ready to fight for you and your rights.
Simple Assault and DYFS in New Jersey
In New Jersey, simple assault can be committed in three ways. While each of these ways are different, they all result in a person being injured, or the intent to injure was present. Below are a few ways someone can commit simple assault:
- One way a person can commit simple assault is by either attempting to cause bodily harm to another, or actually causing someone to suffer a bodily injury. This injury must be caused either purposely, knowingly, or recklessly.
- Another way simple assault can be committed by someone is if they negligently injure someone with the use of a deadly weapon.
- Finally, the third way a person can commit simple assault is by putting another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
If DYFS has accused you of simple assault, they can remove your child from your home. If this is happening to you, call our New Jersey DYFS attorneys at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529). Our team of tough, smart, and dedicated lawyers will help you fight to keep your kids at home. We know this time is tough, so call us so we can help you out.
FAQ – what are my rights with DYFS / DCPP?
One of the most asked questions I get is what are my rights when dealing with DYFS / DCPP? This is a tough question to answer since I don’t think that is the exact question the people are actually asking. If I answer the question directly, the answer is basically that you have the right to hire a lawyer or not hire a lawyer. I really don’t see any other “rights” that you have. Again, I think the actually question here is what are my options or how do I handle this case? The answer though is really the same. That is because it is crazy to handle a DYFS situation on your own, at least in my opinion. Anything you say can be used against you in a DYFS / DCPP complaint. Even if you don’t actually say something, the fact that you are talking to them allows the case worker to twist your words or put words in your mouth. In almost every DYFS case we have handled, we’ve had a client complain that DYFS is lying. I find it impossible to believe that every single client is making that up.
When you deal with DYFS by yourself, you are really in a catch-22 situation. If you don’t comply, DYFS could bring you to court for non-compliance. If you do comply, you may be giving DYFS all the information they need to build a case against you. Its a really tough position to be in. A tough and aggressive DYFS lawyer can come in and resolve the case for you. The lawyer is there to get information and give information without exposing you to danger. Our team of tough, smart lawyers can help you do that. We can work with DYFS’ lawyer to shut the case down and stop them from bullying you.