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To Do When DHS Calls Or Visits

There can be nothing more frightening than being accused of child abuse or neglect by a child protective services caseworker from the Department of Human Services. An accusation made against you or your spouse can leave you worrying about:

  • Losing custody of your children
  • Being excluded from your home
  • Facing jail time
  • The emotional and mental consequences for your family
  • The potential damage to your community or professional reputation

These are all very real consequences, which is why the best advice is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.

Mark C. Cogan, P.C., will fiercely defend you and your parental rights. We know how important your family is to you. Call our lawyers in Portland at 503-549-1077.

Don’t Be Fooled By A Friendly Caseworker

If a caseworker visits your home or calls you on the phone, there is only one reason that he or she is there: You or your spouse has been suspected or directly accused of harming your child. No matter how friendly a caseworker may seem, he or she is not your friend.

The DHS will go to great lengths to investigate allegations, whether they were made anonymously or under the strict mandatory reporting laws in Oregon. Tactics include:

  • Questioning your children at school without your knowledge or consent
  • Baiting you through conversations that seem harmless
  • Making you believe that a visit is only routine
  • Threatening to put your children in foster care
  • Attempting to turn one spouse against the other

Stand Behind Us | We Know How DHS Works

If you or a spouse has been contacted by DHS, do not wait to seek help. Even if no official accusations have been made, we can help make sure that a caseworker does not violate your rights during an investigation. Should the need arise, we will vigorously defend you against any formal charges.

It only takes a few moments to fill out our online form or call our local number at 503-549-1077 or toll free at 888-211-2441. Those few moments could have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.

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Mark C. Cogan, P.C., of Portland, Oregon, represents individuals charged with crimes throughout Oregon, including central Oregon, northern Oregon, Pacific Coast communities and the Willamette River valley, including Clackamas County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Columbia County, Marion County, Tillamook County, Clatsop County, Lincoln County, Lane County, Linn County and Benton County and the cities of Salem, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Oregon City, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, Milwaukie, West Linn, The Dalles and Clackamas.

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