Monthly Archives: February 2017

About The Law on Drugs in the UAE

1.) Often drugs that would be legal in your home country will wind up on the list of prohibited drugs in the UAE. Consult the list of banned substances before taking any drugs into the country or consuming inside the UAE.

2.) Possession of medicines like sleeping pills, painkillers and antidepressants can be illegal in the country without a proper prescription from a UAE doctor. Consult a doctor before taking any such medication.

3.) Care should be taken when reentering the country from outside to ensure there are no traces of any drug – legal or otherwise in the country visited – as the smallest infraction can attract very harsh penalties.

4.) Even transiting through the UAE one should take care to ensure all medications are accompanied with a proper prescription. It may be wise to carry with a translated and attested prescription copy to avoid any potential problems. The importation of illegal drugs into the country is considered a serious crime.

5.) Though not common, cases of drink spiking do occur. It is extremely important that woman do not accept drinks from strangers and maintain vigilance when out at pubs and bars. It is possible criminal charges could result if a woman is discovered to have an illegal substance in her system.

The Vulnerability of Child Abuse Accusations

Apart from the personal ignominy one would suffer from being accused of such a shameless act it could also have the accused spending a few weeks of incarceration, though being innocent of the crime.

Hence it would be prudent of those who deal with children in their day to day activities to set certain disciplines so that no such finger would be pointed at them.

Although implementation might be a difficult it is imperative that those in vulnerable positions and holding such office and responsibilities that concern children not find themselves being accused for crimes that they haven’t committed.

We list below some of the DONTS that should be practiced for those who are in such positions as listed above. It is imperative to keep yourself safe from being tainted with untruths, which could sometimes last forever.

# Avoid being alone with a child or children without another adult being present with you. If you are compelled to, still avoid it.

# Avoid placing yourself in a position of confrontation with your spouse present or former spouse and take your battle to a court of law when there are chances that you could be falsely accused of abusing your child, or another. Try to settle the dispute amicably.

# Never indulge in any inappropriate behavior with children or engage in sexually suggestive actions and other implicit actions that could be misconstrued by others or even by the children.

# If you are accused of any inappropriate behavior with a child or children immediately seek legal advice and follow strict instructions of your legal counsel.

# Try to educate yourself of what you are accused of and the seriousness of the charges and be frank and open with your legal counsel as to the events that transpired on the day in question.

# Keep your legal counsel apprised and informed of the developments.

# Collect evidence from your friends, relations, colleagues and neighbors who would vouch for your character and provide you with a good defense.

# Find those who would testify on your behalf in court and sign affidavits to exonerate you of the charge. The more people who could vouch for your past behavior could mean the difference of getting you off the hook.

# If it is a custody battle that you are facing with your spouse, try to keep the same relationships you had with the children throughout the time of the new drama. Children may not be a party to the issue but if they are get legal advice.

Child abuse is a serious social issue and if you are accused of such a crime it is in the best interests of you, the accuser and the child that the issue is thoroughly investigated and the truth revealed as it could have adverse effects to all those concerned in the future.

A Child Welfare Litigation of Strategies

The child welfare system is there to protect your child’s safety and well-being, not just to limit your parental rights. But when that system decides you put your child’s safety at risk, it can turn against you. As a vehement defender of parents’ rights in child welfare cases, I can tell you to not give up just yet. Here are some ways you can defend your rights while in litigation.

You have a right to counsel during the child welfare litigation process. I highly recommend you at least speak with a New Jersey child welfare attorney about your case. Even a simple consultation can help, but you can ensure your rights will be defended if an attorney helps you with your case. Remember that court appointed attorneys often have severe caseloads and may not be able to give your case the attention it deserves. If you decide to use a court-appointed lawyer it is still a sound decision to obtain a consultation with a specialized DYFS attorney. This attorney can help you understand what you should expect from your court appointed lawyer and what is reasonable to expect from them. They can also help you devise a strategy that you can then discuss with your court appointed lawyer. Many specialized DYFS attorneys offer initial consultations from which you can gather information on how to proceed with your case to the next step.

Second, the court cannot take your child away from you or terminate your parental rights without having good cause. The DCP&P will conduct an investigation to gather evidence to submit to the court. You have a right to provide testimony and evidence, too. Take full advantage of this right! You should have an attorney help you do this, but, whatever you do, don’t pass up this opportunity to provide important information.

Third, cooperate when it is reasonable. Comply with any requests the DCP&P makes during the investigation such as developing a safety plan. Work with your caseworkers to create a visitation plan so you can stay involved in your child’s life. Complete all court-ordered steps such as counseling or a substance abuse evaluation. The DCP&P may also ask you to take advantage of certain services. If you disagree with any of these requests, speak with an attorney.

Knowing and understanding your rights and responsibilities is the best tip I can give you for fighting for your child in court. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the child welfare case process in its entirety. You are dealing with both the DCP&P caseworkers and the court all while trying to remain an involved parent while your child is in foster placement. Speak with an attorney about your case if you have questions about your rights or responsibilities.

Your Rights With A CPS

The Report

It is illegal to not report child abuse if it is suspected. Doctors, lawyers, and therapists are required by law to make a report if they think a child is being abused. Whoever makes the report will remain anonymous by law.

Taking Children

Child Protective Services can legally take your children. If a report is made and CPS determines that a child is in danger, they have the right to remove them from that situation and any unsafe environment. Unsafe environment includes use of illegal drugs in the house, a home with not enough food or health care, firearms being left in the open in a home, physical violence happening to the child, or sexual contact with the child.

After Removal

Parents will be notified in writing by CPS and they will provide all papers that support removal filed with the court. All papers include a statement about the reasons for the removal by the investigator. 14 days later, a court hearing will be held. The judge decides whether the child should be returned to the home, stay with a family member, or remain in CPS custody at the hearing. The judge can also order various counseling activities for parents or caregivers such as attending parenting classes, completing an anger management courses, going through a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program and other requirements.

Service Plan

To allow the child to be returned home, a service plan is written with CPS recommendations and steps that must be taken. It is not a court order and cannot be enforced, but failure to follow the plan can be used against the family that they are not cooperating. At meetings between CPS and family members, the plan can be changed or renewed.
Rights

· You have the right to talk to your caseworker. Remember that communications between you and the caseworker are not confidential and can be used in court.

· You have the right to a court appointed attorney if CPS files a lawsuit again you.

· You can deny any allegations made by the CPS.

· You have the right to attend all court hearings about your case.

· If you do not know English, you have the right to an interpreter.

· You have a right to bring your child home after the service plan has expired unless:

–the service plan is renewed, or

–there is a court order (signed by a judge) saying that you can’t.

Case Length

18 months from the time of the child’s removal is the longest amount of time the case will stay open. If a lawsuit isn’t started by CPS to terminate parental rights by 18 months, the case automatically closes. It is a good idea to get written confirmation that the case is closed before you take your child back. The person your child has been living with can file for custody and get child support from you after 6 months, so it is important to act quickly.