Imagine this. You are in a struggling relationship with your spouse or partner, and events take a turn for the worst. Whether it’s a lost job that results in even more financial stress, which is coped with through drinking, or a substance abuse problem that gets out of hand, your partner is struggling to control their anger. One day they hit you, and then cry and beg for forgiveness, and then the next day they do it again. And again. And again. It’s gone from bad to worse….
Now you’re trapped. You want to leave, but you’re afraid that your partner will hunt you down in a rage and hurt you badly in front of your kids. Maybe even kill you. Besides, you don’t know where to go. You can’t earn enough to pay the bills and keep food on the table by yourself. You don’t know who to turn to, and you don’t want to put your friends at risk. You feel helpless, and you want nothing more than to protect your children. So what do you do?
Suddenly the police are at your door, called by a neighbor who got sick of the screaming, who knew that you had kids and was worried they may end up in the middle. The cops call CPS and an agent shows up and takes your children away “for their protection.” Battered and bruised and heartbroken you watch your crying children driven away in the backseat of a stranger’s car, not knowing when you’ll be able to see them again. And next thing you know, you’ve been charged with a crime. As if you were a criminal, and not a victim.
Impossible, you say? Think again. CPS agents have filed Failure to Protect charges against victims of domestic abuse on a number of occasions in the past, and the results are always devastating. According to CPS, a parent who forces their children to remain in a home where domestic violence is an ongoing problem, and they are subjected to the psychological harm of watching their parent be abused, is guilty of a crime themselves.
Domestic violence victims are often, but not always, the mothers…
It is hard to imagine the horror and heartbreak of a parent, usually but not always the mother, who is struggling to break free from an abusive relationship, and who is then faced with threats to take her children away. All because she was a victim and couldn’t get away herself. To compound her troubles, CPS then employs their standard ‘divide and conquer’ strategy in order to get the information they want from the parents involved.
Using the children as the bait, CPS offers permanent placement to the parent accused of failure to protect, if in return that parent will help them by entering a plea or testifying against the other parent. The results of course, are that a parent who has suffered the trauma of abuse themselves, is then coerced and forced to plead to a charge for a crime they didn’t commit, or put themselves at risk by testifying against their abusive partner. Either way the end result is a travesty and an abuse of the law.
At The Kronzek Firm, we understand the bullying tactics that CPS employs to achieve their ends, as we have spent decades fighting against them. We know how sneaky and underhanded CPS agents can be in their dealings with distraught parents, and how easily they sometimes manipulate situations and twist the truth. Without a vigorous defense, constructed by an aggressive CPS defense attorney, your case could end up as nothing more than a cautionary tale for other parents. Don’t let that be your future! Call us today at 800-576-6035. We have decades of experience successfully fighting CPS. We can make a difference for you as well.