Child Abuse and Neglect

Caring, Determined Defense for People Accused of Child Abuse

If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect in Michigan, you are facing serious risks on multiple fronts. Your concerns may start with protecting your own freedom, since a conviction often means a jail or prison sentence. In a separate action, Child Protective Services (CPS) may seek to remove your children from your home, restrict contact, or even terminate your parental rights.

In this grave and frightening situation, it is critical to contact a lawyer experienced in both high-stakes criminal defense and advocacy for people whose family relationships are on the line due to a CPS petition . Over the course of a 30-year career, Okemos-based attorney George Zulakis has achieved positive outcomes in numerous challenging cases.

A Skilled Lawyer and Negotiator Who Will Put You and Your Family First

In addition to removal of children from your home, a criminal conviction or finding by CPS could put your name on the statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry - which could in turn jeopardize a professional license you hold, prevent you from obtaining one in the future, and restrict you from a range of employment and other life activities.

You can tell your story to attorney George Zulakis with confidence that he will analyze your case carefully. If you are facing criminal charges, from felony first-degree, second-degree or third degree child abuse to a misdemeanor involving harm or risk to a child, we will work to obtain an acquittal, dismissal, or reduced consequences that may be appropriate to address your needs, emphasizing:

  • Protection of your freedom, family relationships and future
  • Real help in obtaining psychological counseling or other forms of treatment to improve your family relationships and potentially enable you to avoid harsh consequences

The Michigan Child Protection Law allows anonymous reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect, and you may have been shocked to learn you are under investigation.

Even if you are absolutely innocent, it is essential to take the domestic violence charges seriously and seek legal counsel promptly to ensure your rights are protected.

Please recognize that CPS findings and evidence can be used against you in criminal court as well.

In the Lansing area and across mid-Michigan, our firm is a trusted resource for people facing potentially life-changing adversity. We encourage you to contact us for the counsel and representation you need.