Raising responsible kids is difficult. Raising responsible teenagers is near impossible. Back in the day it was Sex, Drugs, and Rock-and-Roll corrupting the youth. Now its Sexting, Drugs, and Hip-hop. Today, pornography is free on your home computer, marijuana and pills are more readily available than alcohol, and every teenager gets a car when they turn 16. There are also surveillance cameras and law enforcement everywhere conducting a “war” on everything! There is little chance of a teen today making it to adulthood while staying out of the legal process. If your kid is so fortunate, pat yourself on the back, count your lucky stars and prepare for the next one. But what if they don’t make it without getting into legal trouble? What if they find themselves standing in front of a judge facing criminal charges? What then The average parent wants their child to be responsible for their actions. Therefore, they might think it is a good idea to go into court and face the judge. This is a bad idea. Juveniles need criminal defense. Thankfully some courts, such as Denton County, will not prosecute a juvenile without legal representation. Unfortunately, some counties, like Dallas County, don’t always require legal representation for juveniles. No one should ever face a professional team trained to prosecute every case to the fullest extent of the law without at least one person standing beside them, protecting their rights and ensuring that they don’t get steamrolled by the system. Many parents have no idea what to expect once their child has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, so here are a few things every one of these parents should know:
1. You can be held legally responsible for your child’s actions and could be punished also. You might be asked to take classes, go to counseling, even pay fines!
2. The attorney you hire represents the child, not the parent. The juvenile and his attorneys can take or reject any pleas or deals whether you agree with it or not.
3. Your kid will probably facing jail time, but will most likely not serve any unless they keep screwing up.
4. Your child could face the consequences of their crimes long past childhood, including registration as a sex offender or a felony criminal record. There are ways to prevent this from happening, but they are not guaranteed in every case.
5. This will be expensive! Between attorney and court costs, your child’s discretion will cost you plenty, unless you qualify as indigent, which is very difficult.
Now that you know what you are facing, you need to find someone who can help guide you through the tangled maze that makes up the juvenile justice system and protect you, your family, and your child’s rights. Contact Seth Fuller at Haire Law www.hrj-law.com We think today’s youth is tomorrow’s future and that future should be protected.