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Child Protective Investigations

For allegations of child abuse and neglect, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) uses investigators with the Child Protective Investigations (CPI) Division.

The Child Protection Investigators (CPIs)  of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office investigating claims of abuse and determining whether a case needs to be referred for further action to ensure the safety of the child.

When a Sheriff’s CPID is called to investigate a report of abuse the investigator interview the reported victims, as well as all family members and other residents in the home. Each family member is interviewed separately.

Sometimes the investigator with CPID will go to the child’s school to interview the child.

Attorney for CPI Investigations in Pinellas County, FL

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent parents and caregivers after a false report of abuse or neglect in Pinellas County, FL.

You are allowed to hire an attorney to be present for any interview during the protective investigation. Although you should act quickly because state law authorizes court action if a child is hidden or made unavailable for the purpose of delaying or avoiding the protective investigation.

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm can help you present your side of the story to show why there is no indication of child abuse or neglect so that the investigation can be closed with no further action. In other cases, we can help you comply with any safety plan intended to protect the child.

When appropriate, we can help you comply with the services and assistance offered by the investigator.

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represents parents accused of child abuse or neglect. We can help you protect your rights as you protect your family against a false accusation.

Call 813-250-0500.

“False Abuse Report” Against a Parent or Caregiver

If someone knowingly makes a false report about abuse or neglect, then law enforcement may be notified and that person can be charged with a crime in some circumstances.

Although in most circumstances, law enforcement officers and the State Attorney’s Office fail to act when a false allegation is made.

Your best defense against a false allegation of child abuse or neglect is retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you at each stage of the case.

Dependency Court Intervention in Pinellas County, FL

If you respond appropriately, you can avoid any chance of dependency court intervention reserved for the most serious allegations. If the investigator pursues court intervention, a petition will be filed that triggers a court hearing.

In the most serious cases, the protective investigator might remove the child from the home or place the child in the home of a relative, a close friend or in foster care. Then a hearing will be schedules within 24 hours, so that the court can determine whether the child should be returned to the home or temporarily placed with alternate caregivers.

Additional Resources

Pinellas Child Protection Investigation Division – The CPID of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is located at 8550 Ulmerton Road, Suite 255 in Largo, FL 33771. The head of the Child Protection Investigations Division is Lieutenant Scott Matthews with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

This article was last updated on Friday, April 3, 2020.

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