Why a criminal defense attorney is important for parents

It’s not a surprise for teenagers to make mistakes. When you’re young, things that can be against the law or a big deal may not seem very important. The fact is that a simple mistake at that age can affect the rest of a teen’s life, and it’s important for parents to be aware of that.

Every parent should know how to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney. If a teen makes a mistake, that mistake can be life changing without the right defense. When arrested, teens may not know they don’t need to talk to police until their attorney is present, and that can lead to them saying too much or admitting to things they didn’t do.

Sometimes, a teen may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even then, when a parent is called to pick up a teen from jail or to speak for the teen’s errors, doing the right thing is important. Parents who aren’t educated in how to deal with the situation could make it worse, which is why an attorney can be of help.

It’s important for parents to understand some basics of current laws to protect their children. For instance, schools can’t open a teen’s cellphone for no reason; there has to be reasonable suspicion. Otherwise, that’s not a legal search. Teens should be aware that they can ask for their parents to be present or to get an attorney before a school official or anyone of authority looks through their computers, phones, lockers or other personal belongings.

Source: CNN, “Why parents of teens should have a criminal defense lawyer on speed dial,” Kelly Wallace, accessed Dec. 29, 2015