When your child is arrested for a crime, your world can be turned upside down. As a parent, you naturally want to protect them. However parents are not always sure as to the best way to proceed. The most important thing to remember is that your child has the right to a zealous defense despite the charges against them. Here’s how you can best help your child after an arrest.
Instruct Your Child to Remain Silent
Juveniles have the right to remain silent after an arrest. It’s critical that your child invokes that right. Often, police will try to question and/or intimidate a child without a parent or lawyer present. In many cases, children still look to law enforcement officials as persons of authority who can help and they will answer the officer’s’ questions in an attempt to improve the situation. However, the officers will often use the child’s own words against them. Let your child know that it is crucial that they do not answer any question asked by a law enforcement officer, detective, or a prosecutor without having first spoken to counsel.
Why You Need an Attorney Familiar with Juvenile Crimes Cases
In New York, like many other states, the juvenile criminal system is unique and complex. In order for your child to have the best chance of success, you need an attorney on your side who is familiar with the court in the area in which your child’s case is pending.
Not all lawyers understand the process regarding juvenile offenses. Certain mistakes could cost your child his or her future. In order to protect your offspring as much as possible during this difficult time, it’s important to consult with someone who has a proven track record advocating on behalf of children. Sometimes the matter can be resolved without a trial being held.
Call New York Criminal Defense Attorneys Schwartz & Krysinski
At Schwartz & Krysinski, LLP, we have the knowledge and resources to help guide you and your child through the complicated process of juvenile charges. We will zealously fight for your child to have the charges against him or her eliminated or reduced and will work hard to protect their future.
When your child is charged with a crime, you may face some unexpected obstacles in the months and even years to come. Let our compassionate attorneys give you the guidance your family needs. Call us today for a consultation to discuss your child’s case at (718) 643-9333.