It is never a positive feeling to know that your child has been accused of using drugs, driving drunk or participating in another criminal activity. As an adult, you know that these charges could become a conviction and have a lasting impact on your child’s life.
Even if your child doesn’t fully grasp the penalties that they face or what being accused of a criminal act could mean for their future, it is important for you to take steps to protect them. If you are able to mount a strong defense, it may be possible to minimize the damage to your child’s future.
What do you need to do when you find out your child’s in trouble with the law?
The first thing to do is to talk to someone familiar with the law. You may receive a phone call from the police to let you know that you need to come to the station, for example, and it’s at that point that you need to think about defending your child. Your attorney will talk to you before you go to the police station, so you know what to say, what to do and how to best protect your child.
Once you learn more about the charges and your attorney has a chance to review the case, it’s a smart choice to sit down with your child and go over the penalties that they may face. If they’re young, like 13 or 14, they may not face as significant of penalties as someone who is 16 or 17, but the penalties can still be upsetting. After explaining the kind of trouble that your child may be in, listen to what they have to say. They may have been falsely accused of an act by a peer or be struggling with an issue that you need to know about.
Whether your child has committed a crime or needs to defend themselves against allegations for a crime they didn’t commit, your goal should be the same: to help minimize the impact of this situation on their life. Good legal knowledge can help you do that.