How to Bring Up the Credibility of the Child in Your CACI Hearing?

Hi. CACI lawyer Tate Lounsbery here with another quick tip for you.

Credibility of a child can be an important part of your case. Depending on the circumstances of your case, whether it’s your child or a foster child or a neighbor or what not, the child who is supposedly a person that you abused or neglected will be an important factor when you consider the credibility of that child.

Now it’s not just talking about whether or not the child lied or told the truth. There are other important factors when it comes to credibility. For example, age of the child would become important. At certain ages a child may not understand the difference between an act that is done accidentally and an act that is done intentionally.

That is something that’s important and not always discussed by a CPS investigating social worker, even if they may say this child knows the difference between right and wrong, between something that is true and something that is false. They don’t always delve into the issue of does the child understand accident versus intentional.

Another issue will be a motive of the child. Does this child have any motive to make any false allegations? These are facts that you’re going to want to be looking into and evaluating in your case.

I hope this CACI quick tip is helpful for you.

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