February 18, 2020

When Poor Judgement Becomes a Crime

A great deal of research supports the fact that the human brain does not fully mature until the mid-20s. The last part of the brain to mature is the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls reasoning and decision-making. So, it is not surprising that kids and young adults can make impulsive and poorly thought-out decisions. Sometimes, these poor decisions can land young people in trouble, and these mistakes can stay with a young person for their entire life, preventing them from opportunities in the future. That’s why when young people get into trouble, they need an advocate immediately.

The impulsive mistakes made by an adolescent or young adult can be addressed and the consequences reduced or mitigated if action is taken immediately. One should never shrug off an arrest thinking that the record will disappear when the child reaches age 18. That is not true. In many cases a juvenile record will stay with you for life. And if you make a mistake in that window after age 18 and into your early 20s, addressing it immediately – especially if you’ve never been in trouble before – can rescue your good name and reputation. We had a recent case of a 20-year-old college student who was cited for underage possession of alcohol. We were able to help him stay out of trouble and protect his future. Read more about the case here.

Another impulsive client, a young teenager, was accused of breaking and entering. Before he and his parents sought legal help, he gave a statement to the police. This left us with less ability to help. We were able to help him find a resolution to his situation (read the case here), but it would have been easier on him if he had sought legal help sooner.

Kids get into trouble. This can happen not because they are malicious or bad kids, but simply because they are impulsive or don’t use their best judgement. Getting legal help as soon as there is trouble can make the trouble a lot easier to manage. If your child or another juvenile family member finds themselves in trouble with the law, get legal help right away. Having an advocate in your court can make a difference to the outcome of the case. A successful outcome can save a child from a record that follows them throughout their entire life. If you or someone you know finds themselves in legal trouble.

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February 7, 2020

Kids Have Rights, Too!

It seems like it shouldn’t have to be said, but sometimes people forget that when juveniles get into trouble with the law they have rights and those rights need to be protected. In fact, some of the laws that protect juveniles are stricter than those that protect adults because they are written with juveniles in mind.

The Miranda rights that we have all heard about on TV apply to juveniles as well as adults. There are additional safeguards in place that also protect juveniles. We have a recent podcast which discusses juvenile rights in detail.

Young people cannot be questioned by the police unless they have a parent or guardian or another responsible adult with them. Someone who is looking out only for the interests of the child. That adult’s job is to make sure that the juvenile understands the rights the police read to them, and that they understand what consequences waiving their rights could have for their future.  It’s wise to note here that many adults don’t fully understand the consequences of waiving rights so it is usually in everyone’s best interest to get an attorney involved immediately.

The first right that is read is that you have the right to remain silent. The best legal advice is to exercise that right. Stay silent and get an attorney. Let your attorney help you figure out the seriousness of the trouble and what the best course of action is. Learn more about what a criminal case involves here.

Contrary to what many people believe, if you end up with a juvenile record it can follow you for the rest of your life. A juvenile record can prevent you from a college education, can prevent you from entering the military, can prevent you from obtaining certain jobs or can prevent you from following some career paths. That juvenile record can stay with you forever.

If your child or another juvenile family member finds themselves in trouble with the law, get legal help right away. A successful outcome can save a child from a record that follows them throughout their entire life.

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