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HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS
By: William O. Tower, PresidentAmerican Family Rights AssociationFirst thing to remember is through out this entire process you only have (3) chances to have aTRIAL, AND ONLY THREE. Another thing to remember is that if the child is 3 or under they can movefor TPR in 6 months.
Detention Hearing - (72-hours after the taking of children).
Jurisdiction Hearing - (30-Days after the taking of children).
Termination of Parental Rights Hearing - (15-Months after the taking of children or if the child is3 or under 6-months to TPR.
The first one is after they take children you have the detention hearing that is usually within 72 judicial hours. That is why children are normally taken on a Thursday or Friday giving ChildProtection (“CPS”) (“the Department”) until Tuesday to hold the first hearing. This gives CPS moretime to put their case together and more time to work on the children. Don’t waste time, you need toget a good attorney or someone that will help explain how this all works. If you go with the courtappointed attorney, tell him or her if you are innocent and demand a trial at this first hearing. Usuallythe court appointed attorney will meet with you 5-10 minutes before court and tell you “just agreewith this one and we will catch up with it at the next hearing in 30-days and that will give us time to prepare a defense”, DO NOT BELIEVE THIS, demand a trial at this hearing. You are entitled to havea trial at this time. They will tell you that “if you fight this hearing, that all the Department has put on paper to the court will become legal fact”, don’t fall for this one; it is all ready fact as far as the courtis concerned. So fight it with all you have. [note] This is where you have the best chance of beatingthem as they are not ready for a trial and they don’t have a case yet (not enough time to put ittogether). Best time to push and win the children back. This is the only time you will get to disputewhat they have done on paper for this hearing. If you don’t fight, it will become resjudicarta (allready dealt with and you can’t bring it up again). It has been made legal fact, “Done Deal” sodemand a trial. If you agree to this hearing they will beat you to death with it and say that youadmitted guilt and now need to get with the case plan.
Do not agree to a deal or services unless you are guilty of what they are saying. Agreeing toservices is basically pleading guilty and that in fact you did neglect and/or abused your child.
Do not let your attorney stipulate to the court on your behalf. MAKE YOUR ATTORNEYEXPLAIN WHAT THIS MEANS.
NEVER STIPULATE TO ANYTHING
Do not state to the court that you understand what is happening; make the court spell it out.You will not look stupid for doing this as most attorneys don’t understand it all no matter what they say.