What To Do If Your Child Has Been Arrested

As a parent, it can be shocking and distressing to hear that your son or daughter has been arrested and accused of a crime such as drug possession, assault, theft or a sex offense. However, it is critical to understand that you and your child have numerous legal rights that can be strongly protected with the help of an experienced lawyer.

Do Not Talk To The Police Without Talking To An Attorney

If you are wondering what to do if your child has been arrested in Bergen County or elsewhere in New Jersey, talk to a criminal defense attorney who understands juvenile law and knows how the municipal, state and federal courts work. At Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law, we have been representing juveniles in criminal cases for more than 20 years, and we will put that experience to work for you.

There are a few practical rules that apply to all juvenile criminal matters:

  • Do not talk to the police about your case until you have consulted an attorney. It is true that anything a defendant says to law enforcement (or in the hearing of law enforcement) can and will be used against him or her. Some law enforcement officers will try to pressure arrested teenagers into making confessions.
  • Participate in the solution. If you believe your child did do something wrong, impose your own consequences and make sure your son or daughter gets professional help if he or she needs it — counseling or drug treatment, for example. Not only may this help your child learn from the experience, but it may also show the judge that responsible parents are involved and can be trusted to handle the matter without heavy court intervention.
  • Do not talk about the case on the jail or detention center phone. Jail phones are generally not confidential or private. Sometimes phone lines may be recorded.

Every case is different. If your son or daughter has been charged with a crime, obtain legal counsel that applies to your specific situation. Our firm will take the time to listen to your story and help you develop a solution.

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If you are looking for an experienced defense lawyer in Hackensack or elsewhere in northern New Jersey, contact us. We can answer your questions and help you understand how to proceed.