Juvenile Law/DCF (Department of Children & Families)

Attorney J. Michael Shanley has more than 30 years of experience representing adults and juveniles in the State of Massachusetts in all matters placed before the juvenile court system; including but not limited to, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and criminal matters involving juveniles. Attorney Shanley has successfully represented Juveniles facing criminal charges in Plymouth MA and Duxbury MA.

Department of Children & Families in Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families may become involved in a person’s life for numerous reasons, including a complaint filed against them alleging neglect or abuse of their child or children. The majority of police officers, social workers, doctors, nurses, school employees and more are mandated reporters and are required to report any and all neglect or abuse they suspect. The proof is not needed to file this report. Reports may be filed by these mandated reporters’ due to something they were told, in many cases by young children, without the statement being examined for accuracy. In many instances, statements are taken out of context or are inaccurately reported; causing a family to suffer from lasting damage.

False Allegations

In many cases, an individual such as a former companion or mad neighbor creates false accusations to the DFC in an effort to hurt someone. Hurtful and false accusations of neglect or abuse can change a person’s life causing the DCF to visit their home to question them or their family members. Unfortunately, each year this becomes a reality for many people. Empty allegations, without objective proof, can end in the urgent removal of a child or children from the custody of a parent. If this occurs, the parent must now be on defense in an attempt to prove to the DCF that they are a suitable parent in anticipation that their child or children are returned to them. Immediately seek knowledgeable legal representation if the Department of Children and Families become involved with your life.

Dealing with the Department of Children and Families with inadequate representation or having no representation may result in significant and permanent consequences. Attorney J. Michael Shanley strongly suggests you seeking competent legal representation to ensure your rights are protected during this trying situation.

Juvenile Offenses

Delinquency cases are when a juvenile is charged with a crime. The juvenile court system deals these types of cases. Accused individuals can still face severe consequences even though this differs from the adult court system. An undesirable outcome in the juvenile court system may still have a life-altering effect on an accuser’s future.

If your child is facing a juvelile delinquency case in the State of Massachusetts,  contact Attorney J. Michael Shanley as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.

Qualified Experienced Attorney

Attorney J. Michael Shanley represents adolescents in various juvenile court cases involving the DCF. He also provides representation for juveniles in criminal defense cases. He works hard to protect your parenting rights as well as your childs rights and future.

If your child is facing a juvelile delinquency case in the State of Massachusetts,  contact Attorney J. Michael Shanley as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.