You probably know that you should immediately contact a lawyer if you have been arrested, but many parents don’t realize that the same advice applies to their children. If your son or daughter is arrested, you should immediately seek a San Diego juvenile lawyer with a proven defense record.
While juvenile courts operate differently than their adult counterparts, a juvenile’s rights are largely the same -including their right to remain silent. When your child is arrested, he or she should insist on remaining silent and speaking to a lawyer -you should speak with a San Diego juvenile defense attorney to discuss the best way to get your child released from custody and what to do next. Juvenile criminal charges do not allow bail for incarcerated minors. If your child was arrested and being held at Juvenile Hall, it is important to have a lawyer prepared to argue for release from detention at the first court hearing.
Once you have dealt with the immediate issues involved with getting your child released and obtaining legal representation, there are a number of other things you can do to help your child’s case. When you speak to your son or daughter, tell him or her not to speak to the police until their lawyer is present. Tracking down report cards, reference letters and documentation related to positive achievements by your child can help strengthen your child’s case by showing that he or she is a good student and responsible citizen. Always present these to your San Diego juvenile lawyer for evaluation before giving them to the judge. Also, make sure to let your child’s attorney know if he or she has a learning disability or mental illness that may affect his or her behavior.
Remember, juvenile courts in San Diego are different than those used for adults who are charged with crimes. It is critical to work with a top San Diego juvenile attorney with experience in this specialized legal system. Peter M. Liss has over 30 years of experience defending juvenile and adult offenders and he can help your child as well. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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