White Plains Child Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Attorneys serve the New York metropolitan area
Finding yourself involved in a child abuse or neglect case, whether you have been accused of abusing your child, or suspect that your child has been abused, can be one of the most frightening and emotional times in a parent’s life. The legal process involved in these matters is very confusing and intimidating. You need to be represented by an attorney knowledgeable in the areas of psychology, child development, forensic interviewing, medicine, criminal and family law.
At Braunstein & Zuckerman in White Plains, we are New York family law attorneys with substantial experience in these fields. Allegations of child abuse and neglect can be prosecuted in Family Court and in Criminal Court at the same time. These allegations can also be made during a divorce proceeding in Supreme Court and affect the issue of custody and parenting time.
If after an investigation by Child Protection Services (CPS) or in New York City the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS), you have been “indicated”, meaning there has been a finding of “some credible evidence” of child maltreatment, you have a right to request an amendment of the indicated designation. This requires an application to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and may result in an amendment hearing.
If after an investigation by CPS, or ACS, the matter has been “unfounded”, meaning there is no credible evidence of child maltreatment, you may want to have the matter “expunged” from the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. This requires a written application o the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
"It is crucial to have an attorney who has the necessary expertise in order to represent the accused, or the accuser. As a former prosecutor, and now in private practice, I have learned how to evaluate the evidence from the perspectives of both the accused and the accuser. Understanding how each side does their job gives me an advantage in handling these cases. I have also received extensive training from experts in the fields of pediatrics, radiology, ophthalmology, forensic interviewing of children, and experts in the field of law enforcement."
-- Lawrence Jay Braunstein