Has your child been charged with a crime?
Are they currently detained in a juvenile detention center? Here are some helpful tips to help protect your child's future.
When a juvenile (person under 18) is arrested, they are taken to a juvenile detention center. These centers are usually located separate from the county jail, so if you are unsure where your child is being held, check here for the locations of the detention centers.
Immediately after arrest, the Juvenile Probation Office will make a determination based on your child's history, the charge they were arrested on, and aggravating/mitigating factors to determine if your child will be released to a parent or guardian, placed on home detention or detained. The child will be required to appear in court the morning following their arrest to allow a judge to address their release and any additional concerns or conditions. Having an attorney at this hearing can make a difference between your child being released or being held for 21 days.
Find out more information here about home detention and detention in the juvenile center.
Although children cannot be sentenced to jail as juveniles, the consequences of criminal charges may follow them well into adulthood. Some of the concerns in addressing your child's case include:
1. Based on the charge and your child's history, they could be committed to a program up until their 19th birthday.
2. If your child is placed on probation, they may face a curfew, restrictions on living placement, and a variety of requirements that may cost both you and your child significant time and money.
3. Your child may lose their driver's license or ability to obtain a driver's license for a year.
4. Criminal charges may affect your child's acceptance into college or occupational programs.
5. Your child's school may institute disciplinary proceedings leading to possible suspension or expulsion if the alleged crime occurred on campus.
6. If your child is arrested in the future, juvenile history can be used to enhance the sentencing points for felonies.
Even for Juvenile’s the best defense is a good offense! To protect your child's future and ensure that they make informed decisions about their case, call Jordan Law today at (407) 906-5529.