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What Questions Should You Ask When Hiring A Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer?

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If your child is facing legal trouble, then you need to hire a lawyer. But, right before you can hire a lawyer, there are a number of questions you must ask.

Going over the questions you must ask when hiring a juvenile criminal defense lawyer and speaking with a California juvenile criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Katie Walsh can help you and your child obtain the best possible legal outcome.

Why Does Your Child Need A Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Even though your child is a juvenile and, as such, the legal system tends to focus more on rehabilitation than punishment, this does not mean that your child is free from the legal consequences of their alleged consequences.

Given this fact, obtaining the best possible legal outcome – one that ensures your child still has a good future ahead of themselves – is of the utmost importance.

On your own, though, you and your child cannot obtain this legal outcome. This is because the juvenile criminal defense is complex, and navigating it is often very challenging.

Outside of the facts outlined above, if the police wish to speak with your child regarding the accusations against them, then they must speak with a lawyer right before doing so.

How Can A Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?

A good juvenile criminal defense lawyer can and will help your child obtain the best possible legal outcome. 

Some of the ways in which a good criminal defense lawyer will help your child obtain the best possible legal outcome are as follows:

  • Outline what your child should and should not say to the police.
  • Clarify the legal procedures you and your child must navigate.
  • Go over the best way to navigate these procedures.
  • Develop an effective defense regarding the accusations against your child.
  • Present this defense to those involved in the proceedings against your child.

Outside of what is listed above, a juvenile criminal defense lawyer can also help in many other ways.

What Questions Should You Ask When Hiring A Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Right before hiring a juvenile criminal defense lawyer, there are a number of questions you can and certainly should ask. And with that in mind, these questions are as follows:

  • How much experience do you have with the charges that my child is facing?
  • How much experience do you have with the juvenile court that my child will be dealing with?
  • How many other juvenile defense cases have you worked on?
  • How long have you specialized in juvenile criminal defense?
  • How often can I speak with you about the case?
  • How involved should I be in my child’s case?
  • Why should I hire you to represent my child?

Every single one of these questions will, when asked, allow you to determine if a particular juvenile criminal defense lawyer is right for your child.

Speak With An Orange County Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If your child is being accused of criminal acts, 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 defend your child.

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