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3 Things To Do If Your Teen Is Arrested

When you're a parent, you've inevitably heard the phrase "little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems." But you probably don't truly understand its meaning until you receive a phone call telling you that your child has been arrested.

It's almost unimaginable to fathom that your baby is facing criminal charges. How is that even possible? The questions running through your mind range from "will he have to go to jail" to "where did I go wrong?" The truth is that your child made a mistake, but unfortunately, that mistake could lead to very serious consequences.

What may seem like a minor infraction or a typical teenage blunder - shoplifting or possession of marijuana - can have long-term effects on your child's life. From attending college to getting a job, the outcome of this situation can be detrimental to the future you've envisioned for your teen. Knowing what to do when the worst happens is the best way to look out for your child.

1. Call An Attorney

Before you do anything else, find an experienced juvenile crimes attorney. This is the smartest thing you can do to protect your child. This may be your first time navigating the judicial system, and you need someone to guide you. You can't do it alone. Find an attorney who has experience and knows how to get the most ideal outcome for your child. Look for results and testimonials to ensure you find the right lawyer for what might be the most important legal matter you ever face.

2. Stay Calm

You're feeling a lot of things: frantic, scared, angry - but calm isn't one of them. Undoubtedly, the idea of staying calm in this situation seems impossible. But in order to best protect your child, you need to keep a level head and think clearly. Emotions and stakes are high, but keeping your cool is necessary to help your teen. She may have made a mistake, but she is scared too - and she needs you more than ever.

3. Stay One Step Ahead

With the help of your attorney, you can be proactive in taking steps that will prove to the courts that you and your teen are serious about making changes. Whether that's seeking a counselor or a drug treatment program, making these arrangements before a court orders you to will likely prove to be a good thing in the eyes of the court.

You are your child's greatest advocate. Staying strong and level-headed during this time will give your child the support he needs to ensure the future he deserves.

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