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What Are 3 Things Your Child Should Know In The Event That They Are Arrested?

Law Office of Katie Walsh

No parent wants to receive a phone call telling them that their child has been arrested. But, in the event that this does happen, there are three things that their child should know.

Going over the three things that every child should know in the event that they are arrested and speaking with a juvenile criminal defense lawyer will allow you and your child to obtain the best possible legal outcome.

3 Things Your Child Should Know In The Event That They Are Arrested

Your Child Is Entitled To Their Miranda Rights

Every child is entitled to their Miranda Rights. And with that in mind, these Miranda Rights are as follows:

  • Your child has the right to remain silent.
  • Your child has the right to a lawyer.

Outside of those two Miranda Rights, there are two other components that must be remembered:

  • If you or your child is unable to afford a lawyer, then one will be appointed for them.
  • If your child says anything, then those statements can and will be used against them.

Just as an example, if your child is arrested for alleged shoplifting, then anything they say regarding this alleged incident will be recorded and can be used against them in court.

Given the Miranda Rights that every child has, it is of the utmost importance that they are aware of them and are aware of the fact that they can and should exercise them.

Your Child Can Make Three Phone Calls

Even though this isn’t too common, it is possible that your child will be admitted to Juvenile Hall. And, if they are, then it is of the utmost importance that they know that they are allowed to make three phone calls.

Given the presence of these three phone calls, your child should know to use them to call:

  •  You, their parent.
  • A juvenile criminal defense lawyer.

Outside of the two phone calls outlined above, it may be wise for your child to call another relative or another legal professional who can and will assist them.

Your Child Does Not Need To – And Likely Should Not – Say Anything To The Police

Out of all the Miranda Rights that your child has access to, the most notable is their right to remain silent.

Even though your child can speak with the police or whoever has been assigned to investigate their alleged criminal activity, it is often in their best interest to remain silent.

Rather than speaking with the police, your child should contact a lawyer and remain silent until their lawyer arrives to speak with them directly.

A failure to remain silent can lead to your child obtaining a less-than-favorable outcome due to their words being used against them in a court of law.

Speak With An Orange County Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

No matter what, if your child is arrested, then they need a lawyer. Speak with an Orange County juvenile criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Katie Walsh today, and we will assist you and your child in obtaining the best possible legal outcome.

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