Troubled couple Charlie and Brooke are going to have to prove that they’re fit parents in dependency court, a criminal defense attorney tells HollywoodLife.com
Actor Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke Mueller stand to lose their 9-month old sons if they don’t clean up their act—and fast. As HollywoodLife.com first reported on Dec. 29, Charlie and Brooke are under investigation by the Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services after their a domestic dispute early Christmas morning.
If they don’t enroll in stricter recovery programs, there’s a very real danger that their sons, Max and Bob will be taken away from them, says Santa Monica criminal defense attorney Steve Cron, who represents parents that have been accused by the DCFS for making irresponsible guardians.
Even though Charlie, 44, and Brooke, 32, have both sought prior treatment for their substance abuse problems, Cron says the couple is not taking enough precautions. “Things obviously aren’t working for them the way they currently are … They need more credibility when they are telling a judge they are dealing with their issues,” he explains. “You can go to a therapist [and hire sober minders], but if they are really serious, they need to go into actual regimented outpatient programs.”
Warns Cron, “The DCFS will act quickly in order to protect the children.” And if the couple DOES lose custody of their kids, Brooke and Charlie can always fight to get them back in the future.
“This is not a black and white thing. It’s not like, ‘We’re taking your kids, or we’re not taking your kids,’” Cron says. “The judge is going to want to know if there has been a change of behavior in the household, and that the children will not be going back to a hell hole.”
From the reports you’ve heard, do you think Charlie and Brooke should keep their kids?
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