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DCF Involvement in Florida Criminal Cases

DCF Involvement in Florida Criminal Cases

As a criminal defense attorney, and also a family/criminal defense attorney who helps people with DCF cases, I many times find criminal cases intertwined with issues that involve intervention by the Department of Children and Families. DCF involvement in criminal cases is at an alarming rate, here in Florida. Alleged criminal activity of the defendant that has no nexus with his or her children many times become the target of DCF. Criminal defendants who have been arrested on drug related crimes, domestic battery accusations or find themselves facing incarceration often times also have a DCF matter to contend with. Florida law is clear on the termination of parental rights: “Termination of parental rights by the state requires clear and convincing evidence of: (1) a statutory ground for termination set forth in… […]

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Criminal Charges Involving Florida’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCF)

Under Florida Law, criminal charges can also result in the Department of Children and Families being involved with the accused and their family. If children are present, during the serving of a search warrant of a home that yields illegal narcotics, then law enforcement officers serving the warrant must contact DCF. If an act of violence occurs in the home between the parents of the child, like a domestic battery, and the child is present, then DCF will be involved. If a parent or a “school teacher” with the latter being mandatory reporters, makes an allegation of child abuse, Law Enforcement Officials will response alongside of DCF. Remember, if DCF is involved in a family investigation, information the department receives from witnesses, including the accused, will be used against the… […]

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