While a child’s misdeeds are usually harmless, sometimes they’re just serious enough to involve the law. Fortunately, our legal system understands that youthful mistakes are a part of growing up—that’s why the juvenile justice system exists. Still, as a parent, it’s tough to see your child in trouble. Here’s a brief guide to how juvenile offenses should be handled:
Speak With Your Child
After your child has committed the offense, try not to get irrationally angry—instead, ask your child about his feelings and try to get to the root of the problem. By working as a cohesive unit, a family can better deal with legal issues and come to a satisfactory solution.
Hire an Attorney
You should hire an attorney as soon as your child is charged with a juvenile offense. A skilled lawyer will give you invaluable advice on dealing with the juvenile justice system, and if necessary, will argue your child’s case in front of a judge.
Avoid Harsh Penalties
The juvenile justice system exists in order to give delinquent youths a second chance and offer rehabilitative services in lieu of prison time. However, if your child is charged with a particularly serious case, the prosecutor may seek to try your child as an adult—meaning that a guilty verdict would send your child to prison. For this reason, it’s vital that you hire a lawyer who can convince the court that your child made a correctible mistake and that a prison term is an unnecessarily harsh punishment.
If you have any questions about the juvenile justice system, contact Blumberg & Associates. Our attorneys have decades of experience arguing on behalf of juveniles, so if your child is in trouble with the law, you’ll find our legal team to be a powerful ally. Call us at (602) 277-6180 for more information.