Helping Your Child After an Arrest

blonde teen wearing handcuffs by a brick wall | helping your child after an arrestSo, you just received the phone call every parent dreads. Your child is in trouble, and you need to act quickly to prevent this mistake from derailing his or her future. In fact, depending on what your child is being charged with, the effects on his or her life and future can be profound. While some offenses are relatively easy to live down, others are not. As an example, it is truly heartbreaking for a teen to become a registered sex offender because they passed on a sexually explicit photo of a girlfriend/boyfriend or another classmate. Or perhaps your teen has been charged with drinking and driving after a party. While such an act can certainly be a part of growing up, the legal ramifications can be harsh. 

Properly helping your child after an arrest can be a difficult thing. As a parent, you do not want your naturally protective instincts to get in the way of teaching your child an important life-lesson about consequences, yet it is certainly your job to ensure your child has experienced legal representation to minimize the long-term effects of a bad decision. In fact, the best thing you can do in response to that phone call in the middle of the night is to keep calm, collect your thoughts, ensure your child’s safety, then get the details of the arrest, most particularly the answer to whether your child will be released into your custody. When you have those facts, contact an experienced Boulder juvenile defense attorney as soon as you possibly can.

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Some parents will choose to help their teen learn a valuable lesson by having their teen contribute financially to the legal fees, even if that involves taking a job or selling off some of their possessions.  You will want to discuss alternative solutions with your Boulder juvenile attorney. Perhaps a plea bargain is in order, or your teen may be able to offer restitution (depending on the criminal offense) or even participate in community service. It is possible to allow your teen to experience the weight of the consequences of their actions, while still protecting his or her rights and future.

Contact Our Boulder Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys

dsc_7554squaresmIf your child has been arrested and charged with a crime in Boulder, it is important to speak to an experienced Boulder juvenile criminal defense attorney immediately. Your attorney will need to build an aggressive and solid defense against these charges in order to protect your child’s future. Don’t delay. Contact the Boulder criminal defense lawyers at Steven Louth Law Offices today for a free consultation and review of your child’s case. Call us at (303) 422-2297 to start building a solid defense against these serious criminal charges.

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