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Children have rights when charged with a crime. However, it’s up to their parents or guardians to make sure those rights are protected.
Many adults want to let their children “take their lumps,” so they will learn their lesson. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that a child is guilty just because he or she is charged with a crime, nor is there any guarantee that a child will be treated fairly or with respect once he or she is in the juvenile justice system.
Furthermore, a criminal conviction can follow children for the rest of their lives and affect their ability to be admitted to certain schools or to enter certain professions.
Often, the lesson minors learn from an experience in the criminal system is not the same one the parents are hoping to teach them. They may learn methods of survival or lessons about disrespecting authority or committing additional and more serious crimes.
The learning curve for children’s rights is many times a very steep one for parents who are awakened in the middle of the night with a call from the local police. Some common questions and answers are:
Remember, your child is not guilty just because he or she has been accused. Your child will need your love and support. Don’t pass judgment; keep a level head, and obtain counsel from a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.
It’s important to keep in mind that police and probation officers may act as counselors and caring persons, and, indeed, they may be genuinely interested in the welfare of your child. However, ultimately, they are officers of the law, and, as such, they must use whatever you and your child say to further the prosecution.
They may imply or suggest that you are in complete control of what will happen to your child. In reality, once the case gets to court, it will be the judge who decides what happens to your child.
‐‐ Eric Alan Berg, Attorney at Law
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