The First Step in an Appeal
The Formal File Review is the first step of the appeal process when an individual disagrees with being identified as a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect. An internal review of the case file and evidence obtained during the investigation is being conducted.
How do I Request a Formal File Review?
The Department will make every effort to provide you with written notice of the outcome of an investigation if you have been accused of child abuse or neglect. You must provide the Department with your current physical address in order to receive this notice. In this notice, you will find instructions on how to request a Formal File Review or appeal. Individuals who have been substantiated for abuse or neglect have the right to appeal to the Division of Due Process Procedures, also known as formal file review. Having a formal file review and objective analysis is important because the Department is required to reveal the identity of the perpetrator under certain circumstances.
We can help you understand these common questions:
What if the Formal File Review Upholds the Decision to Substantiate me as a Perpetrator?
What does the Department mean by Due Process?
How do I Request a Hearing?
What if I Don’t Agree with the Decision Made at the Hearing?
Do I need an Attorney?
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions page, which may help to answer other questions.
Contact A Knoxville DCS CPS Defense Lawyer For Help
A DCS investigation can be emotionally draining, so you need a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer on your side throughout the process. Our Knoxville DCS lawyers can guide you through the complexities of the investigation process while protecting your rights and interests. Time is of the essence – contact us right away for help!