Hire An Experienced Attorney To Protect Your Rights
You are entitled to an attorney for an Administrative Hearing, but you must hire one yourself if you choose to be represented by counsel. Our belief is that it is smart to have an attorney representing you on an Administrative Hearing for a DCFS indicated report. First, there are a number of procedural issues that might arise in the timing of filing an appeal of an indicated finding, obtaining copies of reports or other DCFS documentation, or arranging for the testimony of witnesses at the hearing. Additionally, the legal requirements for DCFS to substantiate their indicated finding relies on some relatively complicated rules which often contain technicalities that are better appreciated by an experienced attorney. Finally, DCFS will be represented by an experienced attorney at the hearing, and a pro se litigant will be at a decided disadvantage if he or she does not have an attorney.
At the close of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge makes findings of fact and law and makes a recommendation to the Director of DCFS who most often follows suit by confirming the ALJ’s decision. If you disagree with the decision, you may file an appeal in the Circuit Court.
Put Our Extensive Background In Your Corner
We have an extensive background in representing clients on juvenile neglect and abuse matters – in the courtroom, on appeals from courtroom decisions, and in successfully handling administrative hearings on DCFS indicated findings. Chuck Rhode was an appointed member of the DCFS Children’s Justice Task Force, and has often been appointed by judges to represent clients on neglect and abuse proceedings in appeals to the appellate court.
If you have an indicated finding that you would like to appeal, please contact us at 630-478-9924 for a free initial consultation. There is often too much at stake in these hearings to proceed unrepresented or without experienced legal representation.