The Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”) is tasked with investigating thousands of reports of abuse or neglect of children each year. This agency is literally the protector of children from certain parents. However, perhaps the oldest and most fundamental of constitutional rights is to raise one’s children as he or she sees fits, despite what the state may think otherwise or would do differently. While DCS has a legal duty to investigate each and every ...
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What If the State Fails to Allege and Prove the Passage of Statutory Time Requirements to Terminate a Parent’s Right to His or Her Children
February 22, 2017 / Parental Rights
The point of a civil or criminal trial—overall--is to ensure substantive and procedural due process and protection of fundamental and key constitutional principles. However, no trial court is infallible and most trials do not occur without legal errors being made. This is why some errors may be deemed “harmless” and not afford a new trial or reversal. Stated differently, this means that unless a given error ...
February 17, 2017 / Juvenile Delinquency
Each and every day children are “detained”, namely arrested, for juvenile delinquency. In essence, juvenile delinquency is the same as a criminal arrest, except the minor is not deemed to be a person with a criminal charge because they are under age. However, juvenile detentions are a significant legal matter and anecdotal evidence Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates demonstrates parents and their children poorly understand their rights and standard ways to respond to a juvenile delinquency detention. This blog explores the ...
Four Things You Must Know About Asserting Your Right to Remain Silent in Any Civil or Regulatory Proceeding
October 5, 2016 / General Practice
Generally, everyone is aware that in any criminal questioning by police or prosecutors or criminal court proceedings, a person with any potential criminal exposure can assert his/her right to remain silent. However, this right is much broader, and to be a good citizen and be afforded constitutional rights, there are four things you must know about your right to remain silent. First, in any proceeding, such as a divorce, a person may assert his ...
As a general rule, the final order of Indiana trial courts has the right to appeal. Most are taken to the Indiana Court of Appeals. A few appeals proceed directly to the Indiana Supreme Court. In this blog post, three types of matters that cannot normally be taken up on appeal are discussed as this creates significant confusion for some litigants. The first are interlocutory orders. During the trial process a judge may make dozens or hundreds of orders to ...
In Indiana, there are hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers with a License to Carry a handgun. Because of the extraordinary complexity in firearms laws, a person may be denied a license for a number of reasons that can be addressed and the license issued. This blog post covers three key points about denial. First, if you are denied a license, you have the right to a hearing at the Indiana State Police (ISP). They are very dutiful in considering the merits of every denial, but a ...
In our system of law, those who are suspected of a crime may be requested to make a police statement or be charged. Police, prosecutors, lawyers, and judges have difficult jobs. Each has a different focus and the legal system works best when those who are suspected of a crime exercise their constitutional rights. This blog explores your key constitutional rights under the United States Constitution: The right to be free of illegal searches and seizures (4th Amendment): As a general rule, the police cannot search one’s home without ...