has Been Arrested
Has Your Child has Been Arrested?
Here's How You Can Help
When a child or teenager is arrested, it is usually very difficult for their parents to understand what steps they need to take. This is understandable when you consider the wide range of emotions that can accompany the news that your child has done something illegal, but it is imperative to put your feelings aside long enough to ensure that they will not hurt your family's future. After all, if your child is convicted of a crime, it can present them with a long list of future issues, especially if they are tried as an adult. Therefore, you need to have the presence of mind to quickly move forward with an action plan when your child has been arrested.
Steps to Take After Your Child's Arrest
1. Hire an Attorney
- Regardless of whether or not your child admits to the crime that they have been accused of, you should hire legal representation to protect your child's future. After all, without a good lawyer on your side, you will be much more likely to face the risk of your child being confined to a juvenile facility. Additionally, a lawyer can help you work on a plea bargain if the state decides to charge your teenager as an adult.
2. Stand by Your Child
- Some parents instantly believe that their child is guilty, and they become determined to let the legal system provide the applicable punishment. However, taking this course of action is a bad idea if you want your child to have a good future. Even if they do admit to wrongdoing, you need to understand that your actions can have a big impact on whether or not the crime in question becomes an isolated incident. Showing your child that you still love them and will help them can teach them the importance of family, and it will also make it easier for you to teach them to avoid criminal activity in the future.
3. Do Not Agree to Anything without a Lawyer
- Some law enforcement officials and judges will try to make a deal that will force your child to admit that they did something wrong, and many parents believe that this is the easiest path to take. Sadly, agreeing to these terms to keep your child away from the local juvenile facility can still have very serious consequences. When you work with an attorney, you will have the advantage of receiving solid legal advice based around the specific case.
4. When your child has been arrested Do Not Leave Your Child in Jail
- Again, some parents like to take drastic steps to scare their children into behaving correctly. This can lead to the misguided approach of leaving a child in police custody for several hours. Although doing this might scare your child into staying away from crime, it is more likely to make them feel isolated from their family.
Dealing with the arrest of a child is scary, but it is important to remember that everyone in the U.S. is innocent until proven guilty. In other words, your child might be the victim of mistaken identity or circumstantial evidence, and you should help them fight the charges that they are facing.
Melanie Fleury has four wonderful children and hopes to never have to experience one of them being arrested.
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