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What are DNA Charges?

There are two types of DNA cases in Northern Kentucky. 1. DNA is a testing procedure to determine if a person is the father of a minor child, also referred to as paternity.  These cases proceed in juvenile court and are prosecuted by the local county Child Support Office.  DNA technology is the same technology used in criminal cases, where a sample of DNA is collected (in child support cases from saliva) and sent to a lab to see if the DNA matches that of the minor child.  These are more commonly called Paternity Cases. 2. DNA can also mean a Dependence, Neglect or Abuse charge.  These cases are also in juvenile court and may result in removal of a child or children from your care or custody.  If the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is involved, you are in this Court.  This is held in Family Court and presided over by the family judge. If you are the parent or caregiver of a child and there is a charge of Neglect, Abuse or Dependency, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you.  You do still retain the right to hire a different attorney of your choosing.  The "panel attorneys" do handle a large volume of cases in family court.  The advantage is that they know the judge, prosecutor and social workers better than other attorneys.  The general disadvantage is the amount of time they have to commit to your case and many clients complain that they are not available for office hours to discuss the case. If you wish to retain private attorney, call and schedule an appointment.  Having practiced juvenile and custody law in Northern Kentucky for nearly 20 years, I can likely enlighten you on your case and help you proceed through the current legal issues.  Call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin2@gmail.com.

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