Friday, December 13, 2013

Joy Ride Gone Wrong

In Los Angeles, when a thirteen year old boy took his sister’s Nissan Frontier out for a “joy ride,” things went terribly wrong. He collided, head on, with a postal truck. The postal worker was inside the truck at the time. When she saw the car coming at her she braced for impact. She was thrown from the truck and the truck fell to its side on top of her lower half. It took six residents to lift the truck off the postal work her and free her. Officials say the woman suffered multiple spinal fractures, a dislocated hip and cuts to the head. A water geyser was also shooting water into the air flooding the sidewalk. The thirteen year old boy is currently being held on charges of felony hit-and-run.

If he did not flee the scene of the accident (police say he was on scene), this charge would be inappropriate. However, he could still be charged with other offenses such as: Felony Vandalism (PC594(a)(1), or Felony Car Theft ( VC 10851). 

If your child has been involved in a crime please contact the Law Office of Katie Walsh (714) 619-9355 for a free consultation.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Marsy's Law In Action

“Marsy’s Law” otherwise known as California’s Proposition 9: The Victims Bill of Rights, was passed by voters November 4, 2008, giving all crime victims and their families rights and due process.

An example of Marsy’s Law in use was August 30, 2013 regarding the People v. Scott Dekraai. Dekraai is accused of the Seal Beach salon shooting nearly two(2) years ago.

Police say Dekraai was seeking revenge on his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, on October 12, 2011, when he walked into Salon Meritage and opened fire. The couple was involved in a custody dispute, and Michelle Fournier was an employee at the salon. Dekraii is charged with eight counts of special circumstances murder (which seeks the death penalty), and one count of attempted murder.

At a pre-trial conference, family members urged Judge Goethals to end their “agony” by requiring the defendant to stand trial this fall. Under Marsy’s Law the family members of the victims are able to address the judge and request the judge to deny any further continuances from the defense.

“This needs to move on and we need to be allowed to heal,” stated Paul Wilson, whose wife Christy, was among those killed. At least three other family members of shooting victims addressed the court before Judge Goethal’s made his decision of whether to continue the trial date of November. Family members have been present at every court hearing since the shootings wearing blue wrist bands that say “support in love seal beach.”

Judge Goethals expressed sympathy for the families, but said his responsibility was to balance the rights of both sides. He agreed with the defense that rushing could ultimately result in a second trial.

"We will continue to move forward as steadfastly as we can," he said.

If you or someone you know is a victim of  a crime and would like representation contact Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Teens And Social Media Use

These days’ teenagers use social media to document everything from the mundane task all the way to criminal acts. What they do not realize is that the police now track social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the hopes of gaining leads and evidence for their open cases.

In July, a riot broke out in Huntington Beach after a surfing competition. During the violence, police cars were vandalized (obscenities were scrawled on them). Police tracked down a suspected vandal after leads from the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page proved valuable. 18 year old Luis Enriques Rodriguez of Anaheim, CA was tracked down and arrested after he “liked” photos on the Facebook page of the damaged patrol cars and shared them with his friends. This was noticed by the fans of the Huntington Beach Facebook page, and a series of tips led them to the arrestee. Rodriguez’s Facebook profile picture shows him sitting on top of a squad car during what seems to be the same day as the riots, wearing the same outfit.

Police uploaded numerous pictures from July’s riot to Facebook in the hopes the public would help identify people in the pictures. Several suspects have turned themselves in since their photo was added to the Facebook page.

Rodriguez was not the only one to boast about his involvement in the riot. 18 year old Niko Johnson posted to Twitter that he is Huntington Beach’s most wanted. Like, Luis Enrique Rodriguez, Niko Johnson was arrested for his participation in the riots.

Teens don’t realize that social media can incriminate them and lead the police right to their front doorstep - and so often they do it to themselves!

If your teenager has been arrested, attorney Katie Walsh can help. Call 714 619-9355 for a free consultation.
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Friday, August 9, 2013

How To Choose A Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or your loved one has been arrested for a crime you may be facing serious consequences such as jail time, probation, a criminal record or fines. Whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, or even “under investigation,” the best way to prepare for the next court date is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

How do you know who to hire? How do you know who to trust?

Pick an attorney that practices criminal law

Whether or not your particular case will be settled through a plea bargain or headed for trial, it is important to choose an attorney who is knowledgeable in criminal law and is able to try your case in front of a judge or jury if it gets to that. Lawyers with no experience in criminal law won’t have a comprehensive understanding of the rules of evidence, will have difficulty identifying the weaknesses and strengths of your case, and will have no credibility to negotiate a good deal for you. Most importantly, the criminal world of law moves differently that the civil world and it is important for your lawyer to know how the Judges and District Attorney operate.

Watch out for a lawyer that practices in various areas 

A lawyer who practices personal injury law one day, divorce the next, and later criminal defense lacks the specific experience and knowledge necessary to provide you with the commitment or specialization that your case requires. Only choose attorneys who practice criminal law exclusively.

Avoid lawyers that guarantee a result 

If you consult with a lawyer who promises you certain results—particularly before they have evaluated your case—immediately cross him/her off your list. Criminal law is complicated and every case is unique. There are no guarantees, or simple answers. Any attorney who makes promises to obtain certain results in a criminal law case is not worth your trust, time or money.

Choose a lawyer that can clearly explain your situation and your legal rights

Your lawyer should be able to simply and clearly explain the criminal charges against you, what they entail, your legal rights, what prosecution has to prove, and how evidence can be used against you in court. Your criminal lawyer should also explain the possible consequences you may face for your charges. Your lawyer should always be direct, honest, and to the point, rather than promising that you will “win your case.”

Do not bargain shop for a criminal lawyer

While an affordable attorney is a concern, it should never be the main priority. There are too many things at stake and you need the best attorney who can ensure your rights and interests are fully protected every step of the way. Attitude, compassion, and experience are very important when it comes to choosing a criminal law lawyer. Many lawyers will quote a flat fee, but this fee is not just for the hours they may work on your case. You are also paying for their skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications. Fees are often based on the difficulty of the case and the amount of time the lawyer etc. will spend in court and researching and preparing. Your fee will be higher (often a separate charge) if the case is expected to go to trial.

Do not be scared to discuss lawyer fees

You have a right to know how much a criminal law lawyer will charge you before deciding to hire him or her. The lawyer should be able to tell you during the initial consultation how much the services will cost you. Do not choose a lawyer that can’t answer your questions or address your concerns Does the lawyer answer all of your questions using language and terms that you can understand? Does he/she return your phone calls and spend time with you going over your case? Are you frequently updated on the circumstances surrounding your case? A good criminal law lawyer should be able to provide you with all that and make you feel relaxed and at ease.

Go with your gut

Did you feel better after speaking with that attorney? Were your questions answered? Or did you feel like just another number? If you experience a bad feeling with one lawyer, seek the assistance of another one.

If you need help with your case please contact the Law Office of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ariel Castro Sentencing Hearing

Last week Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges. In lieu of the death penalty, and in exchange for pleading guilty at an early stage and not putting everyone through a trial, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. August 1st was the sentencing hearing, where the judge imposed the sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Also at a sentencing hearing are victim impact statements, if there are any.

At this hearing, the prosecution called witness after witness who described the house that Castro turned into a prison for three women. FBI agent Andrew Burke described the alarm system and how Castro had chained his victims. Bedroom windows were boarded shut from the inside; multiple locks were deployed on heavy doors. Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Det. Dave Jacobs said he talked with Castro a few days after the women escaped and that Castro said, “I knew what I did was wrong.” Under questioning by prosecutors, Cleveland police detective Andrew Harasimchuk said that the women described a pattern of being physically, sexually and emotionally assaulted for years. He said all three women were abducted after Castro offered them a ride, and that each was chained in his basement and sexually assaulted within a few hours of being kidnapped.

Michelle Knight, Castro’s first kidnapped victim in 2002, spoke at the hearing. She was lured into Castro’s house after the promise of a puppy for her son. “You took 11 years of my life away and I have got it back. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning. I will overcome all that happened, but you will face hell for eternity.”

As a victim of a crime you are entitled to address the court at the sentencing hearing, should you desire. Often times family members are able to address the court as well, to speak of what their life has been like as a result of the crime. If you are a victim of a crime, a victim rights attorney can help you with your case by preparing a statement, appearing for you in court, speaking to the judge and the attorneys for you and even reading you statement if you do not want to.

For more information on victim rights please contact the Law Office of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Sex In Juvenile Hall?

In March 2013, six probation department employees were fired, and seven more suspended after an internal investigation of Orange County Juvenile Hall found serious monitoring lapses in a high-security unit.

What sparked the investigation, was teenagers discovered having sex in one of the dormitories of OC Juvenile Hall a month prior. In February 2013, a 17 year old male juvenile snuck into a 17 year old female juvenile’s room and remained unnoticed for hours. Both juveniles were in custody for very serious and violent offenses.

The internal investigation revealed that regular safety checks of minors were skipped and logs were inaccurate. Believe it or not, before June 2013, Orange County was the only county in Southern California with coed juvenile hall units. (In June this changed, largely because of the February 2013 incident). There are 319 male minors in Juvenile Hall, and 29 female juveniles. Probation Officials at the time cited limited resources, and a low number of female juvenile offenders as the reason behind their coed practice.

Routine checks are supposed to be performed every 15 minutes, and were found to be frequently skipped in the high-security unit, where the most serious underage offenders were housed. (Thus two minors engaging in sex acts for hours. If the checks were happening as they were supposed to the minors would have been caught much sooner). The internal investigation also revealed the electronic logs used to keep track of the checks had been filled out inaccurately to cover up this lack of due diligence.

The incident and investigation has been noticed by several oversight agencies including the Orange County Juvenile Justice Committee, the grand jury, and the Board of Supervisors. Chief Duty Probation Officer for the department’s Support Bureau, Bryan Prieto said the investigation was still ongoing and probation is looking into a new check system that includes all of juvenile hall, not just the one unit of this investigation.

If your child is detained in juvenile hall and you need help with getting them released from custody, please contact The Law Office of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Have You Been Charged With A Probation Violation?

In Orange County or Los Angeles County, if you have been convicted of a crime Misdemeanor or Felony, you were most likely assigned a probationary period of three (3) years. During this time there are a number of rules, which if violated, could result in you being charged with a Probation Violation.

There are two (2) types of Probation: Formal and Informal.

Examples of some of the terms required while on Probation are:

  • Violate no laws 
  • Obey all orders, rules, regulations, and directives of the Court, Jail and Probation 
  • Submit your person and property to search and seizure at any time of the day or night by any law enforcement officer probation officer, or mandatory supervision officer without a warrant, probably cause or reasonable suspicion. 
  • Submit to drug testing 
  • Use your true name and date of birth at all times 
  • Disclose terms and conditions of probation when asked by law enforcement 

Formal Probation is generally ordered when someone has been convicted of a Felony. On Formal Probation you must report to a probation officer, and if you are violated on probation a judge can sentence you to state prison.

Informal Probation does not require you to report to a probation officer, and is relatively easy to complete without much effort.

A probation violation can stem from a new law violation. But often times Probation Violations consist of:
  • Failure to appear in court 
  • Failure to check in with your probation officer. (there are several defenses for this like school, work, or medical appointments) 
  • Missing court ordered payments (often times this comes down to an inability to pay with no communication. An attorney can get a payment play set up, and may not cause to you to be violated)
  • Associating with the Wrong People ( you can’t always help who shows up where you go- especially as a juvenile. A skilled attorney can speak to probation and the judge about this accusation without you having to admit the violation). 

If you or your child have been charged with a Probation Violation you should contact the Law Office of Katie Walsh (714) 619-9355. The sooner you are off probation, the sooner you can Expunge or Seal your Records.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sealing A Juvenile Record

Why go through life with a criminal history when you don’t have to? Your juvenile record does appear on your criminal record. However, there are steps available to make sure your juvenile records are sealed.
  1. If you are 18 years old, or 5 years has passed since the jurisdiction of the juvenile court have been terminated;
  2. Since becoming an adult you have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
  3. The juvenile crime is not listed under 707(b) (a serious or violent offense);
  4. There is no pending civil litigation, fines, fees, or warrants;
  5. And the court has deemed you rehabilitated.
Juvenile records ARE NOT automatically sealed on your 18th birthday. There is a process to getting your records sealed which the Law Office of Katie Walsh can help you with. A petition needs to be requested, application completed and background investigation needs to be completed by probation. An interview will be conducted with probation, and then a court hearing. Aside from the interview, an attorney can complete the entire process for you.

You want to seal your juvenile records because you can truthfully state to employers and universities that you have no criminal history. Employers will not see you record, and you will not be discriminated against for job because of your past. You want to seal your records so the mistakes you made as a kid do not follow you around.

Should your first request not be granted by the court, you can always reapply to have your records sealed.

If you need help with your case please contact the Law Office of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Factors Contributing To "At-Risk Youth" ~ How To Get Your Child Back On Track

How to get your child back on track

~ Studies have shown that the younger the age when arrested, the more likely a repeat offender

~ Early intervention reduces the problems and factors that could result in a juvenile spending their life in the court system. 

The Law Office of Katie Walsh wants to help your child find their way back. One way to do that is to avoid him/her becoming a “ward of the court,” another is to see what is going on in their lives and help fix it:
  • are there problems at school, 
  • a learning disability that is making them frustrated with school, 
  • Bullying, 
  • Insecurities, 
  • Problems at home 
Many of these issues contribute to kids making poor decisions and we don’t want to it affect their future.

Factors contributing to "At-Risk Youth"

  • FAILURE IN SCHOOL- Being a year behind or failing school is a large factor in predicting future criminal behavior. Indicators are: poor academic performance, poor attendance, expulsion or dropping out of school. Not being in school reduces the chance that juveniles will develop the “skill sets” that are gained from school: social skills, following instructions, dealing with peers 
  • PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS- things such as running away, frequently stealing, conduct problems in school, out late at night/missed curfew, overly aggressive 
  • FAMILY PROBLEMS- A family history of criminal activity. Children exposed to sexual or physical abuse, or children subject to neglect or abandonment. Lack of parental control 
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE- recreational use of drug or alcohol, arrests for drug and alcohol possession or sales. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol lowers a person’s inhibitions and leads to poor decisions 
  • GANG MEMBERSHIP- gang membership at any age is associated with future criminal activity. Gangs target and recruit juveniles, because the young are easier to persuade. Coincidentally, juveniles with the above factors (not being in school, and rocky family life) are more likely to join a gang, and therefore more likely to get arrested and become a part of the criminal system. 
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Monday, June 10, 2013

United States Supreme Court DNA Decision

English: Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of ...
English: Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On June 2, 2013 the Supreme Court held that when the police arrest someone for a serious crime and the arrestee will be detained in custody at the police station, a DNA swab from the arrestee’s cheek is not a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. The purpose of collecting DNA is to add the DNA to a database (CODIS) which connects DNA laboratories at the local, state, and national level. DNA testing makes it possible to determine whether biological tissue matches a suspect with near certainty.

The Court held that the DNA swab was not a violation of the 4th Amendment because it was not intrusive as a cotton Q-tip was used to gather saliva from inside the cheek of the arrestee. Also, the DNA was used for the legitimate Government interest of identifying the arrestee so he could be properly housed in the jail based on his threat level which could be ascertained most accurately from DNA revealing his criminal past. The Court held that this legitimate Government interest outweighed the privacy rights of the individual. The Supreme Court limited collection of DNA samples to those arrested for “serious” offenses.

All 50 states and the federal government take DNA swabs from convicted criminals to check against federal and state databanks. But this decision, and controversy, is the collecting of DNA before someone is convicted of a crime. People are wrongly arrested, and quite often people get arrested by the police, and a case does not get filed by the district attorney’s office. Which is why the case decision was so close 5-4. Justice Scalia wrote in his dissenting decision “make no mistake about it: because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”

In the Court’s holding, “The Act” authorizes law enforcement to collect DNA samples from persons charged with a violent crime, but requires that the sample may not be added to the database before that person is arraigned, and must be destroyed if they are not convicted. Therefore if you are wrongly arrested, or your case gets dismissed your DNA should not be in the database system. The California DNA Collection Act limits collection to those arrested for felonies (but not limited to only serious felonies)which seems to be in keeping with the Supreme Court decision.

In Orange County, many cases are negotiated for a lesser sentence (particularly misdemeanor cases) in exchange for a DNA sample that will be entered into the Orange County database.

If you need help with your case please contact the Law Office of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Juvenile Theft Cases & Avoiding Becoming "A Ward Of The Court"

One of the most common crimes in Juvenile Court is Burglary or Petty Theft. A general scenario is where a Minor, or Minor and their friends go in and steal from a department store. As a parent, what do you do? You know it’s not acceptable behavior and you want your child to take responsibility for their actions—but you also know it’s not the “crime of the century” and you do not want this following your child around for the rest of their life.

There are a few options for your child to avoid becoming “a ward of the court” in the Juvenile Court System, if your child can qualify. The juvenile court system goal is to rehabilitate your child instead of punishment, as in the adult court system.

The best case scenario is for the Probation Department to be contacted before the report goes to the District Attorney’s office and be handled informally under the Welfare & Institutions Code 654. Your child’s case can be handled informally through probation for six months. If your child complies with probation and terms (generally a class and/or volunteer hours) the case will not be directed to the District Attorney’s Office and therefore not filed in court.

If the case is filed with the District Attorney’s Office there is still a chance for the case to be handled informally under W&I §654 and §725, should your child qualify. Under § 654 your child will be on unsupervised informal probation for six months. Under §725 your child will be on supervised informal probation for six months. After six months your child completes the terms (generally a class and/or volunteer hours), the case will be dismissed. Note: your child will never enter a guilty plea and will not be sentenced on the offense thus the petition is not sustained against him/her. This saves your child from having the juvenile equivalent of a conviction and keeps their record clean.

Another option is Deferred Entry of Judgment or “DEJ” under Welfare & Institutions Code 790. Under DEJ, after approximately 1 year of informal unsupervised probation and completed terms and conditions, the case is dismissed. Although he/she must plead guilty upfront, your child is never sentenced on the offense. This saves your child from having the juvenile equivalent of a conviction and keeps their record clean.

Contact The Law Office of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355 to discuss your child’s case.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Second Chance For Juveniles Service "LWOP"

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Leland Yee, Member of the California State Senate from the 8th district (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The goal of the juvenile court system is rehabilitation; the belief that children are young, not fully developed in thoughts and actions and can still change. With this reasoning in January 2013, Senate Bill 9 became law under Governor Jerry Brown. SB 9 gives a second chance to a minor (someone under the age of 18 at the time of the crime) who has been sentenced to Life Without Parole (“LWOP”), can ask for a second hearing—potentially getting a new sentence, one with the possibility of parole. The inmate may request this hearing only after serving at least 15 years in prison.

This was the third attempt in five years, by Senator Leland Yee to push this bill through. Currently there are 309 inmates in California serving life-without-parole for murders committed when they were under 18 years old.

A judge could reduce a no-parole sentence to “25 years to life,” (therefore the possibility of parole) if the inmate shows remorse and is taking steps toward rehabilitation.

SB 9 comes after the October 2011 Supreme Court ruling that mandatory-life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. They were deemed “cruel and unusual” punishment by the Supreme Court. Now before a juvenile can be sentenced to life-without-parole, certain factors such as the youth’s background, life circumstances, and the nature of the crime must be considered.

Contact The Law Offices of Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355 to discuss your child’s case.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New York v. Ortega #05112/2012 "The Nanny Case"

In the “criminal law world” we hear about so many violent cases that sometimes they blur together. But a case from 2012 in New York City is certainly one of the worst. Nanny Yoselyn Ortega cared for a family of three children for two years prior to October 2012. She was so close to the family that they went and stayed with her family in the Dominican Republic several months prior to the incident. Then, on October 25, 2012, without warning, Ortega stabbed the six year old daughter and two year old son to death in the bathroom of the New York apartment in which she cared for them. Their mother returned home from a swim lesson with her middle child, to find her two children bleeding to death in the bathroom. Ortega proceeded to stab herself in the throat.

In November 2012, Ortega was indicted on charges of first and second degree murder and has pled not guilty. The defense initially requested a mental evaluation and the court found her “fit to stand trial.” This means Ortega is mentally capable and aware of what is going on. Two appointed psychiatrists evaluated her and her medical records, and found that she can participate and assist in her legal defense in a meaningful way. Ortega’s attorney said she would be contesting that finding at the next hearing in May. Ortega faces life in prison for the two murders if she is convicted.

On many levels this case hits close to home- as a mother, a former district attorney, and victim right's attorney. The judicial process can be lengthy and frustrating, particularly when one has never dealt with, or been a part of it. My heart breaks for these parents. Yet in the face of such darkness, they continue to be completely inspiring. They started the Lulu & Leo Fund in honor of their deceased children’s love of the arts & sciences. Please visit the Lulu & Leo Fund website to learn more.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Effects Of A Juvenile "Conviction" On Your Child

The saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes, right?” So will your child’s juvenile mistake haunt them the rest of their lives? Generally speaking: No.

The Juvenile Justice System is different from the adult system in that the goal of juvenile court is to rehabilitate the Minor; whereas in adult court the purpose is punishment. As such, all juvenile proceedings are closed, and private (not open to the public- as in Adult court).

In juvenile court a “Conviction” is not called a conviction- it is referred to as a “sustained petition.” Therefore, when asked on a job application or college application “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” Your child is able to mark NO. This is because, technically, they have not been “convicted of a crime.” They may have a “Sustained Petition,” but it is not considered a conviction. To go one step further, after a certain amount of time; you will want to get your child’s record “Sealed” (This procedure prevents anyone from seeing your child’s file unless they have a court order). The hope is for the minor to enter the adult world with a clean slate, without the negative effects of a “criminal record” following them around.

To be clear: certain government agencies will be able to see your child’s arrest in juvenile court, but a standard background check by private sector employers will not show the juvenile “conviction.”

This information applies to all crimes including serious & violent crimes (“strike offenses”). However, if your child commits another crime down the road, there are certain crimes that are “priorable” (such as a strike offense) and could affect the maximum amount of prison exposure time.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Oh No, My Child Was Arrested, What Should I Do?

Oh no, my child was arrested, what should I do?

Hire an Attorney!!

Why is it so important to hire an attorney ASAP...

Why is it so important to hire an attorney ASAP, versus having a public defender appointed or waiting until the first day in court?
  • The case needs to “start” as soon as possible. The wheels need to move immediately! Research and investigation need to be done and statements need to be obtained that possibly the police did not get or know about. When time passes people forget, they get afraid, and they do not want to be involved in the matter. For example: A friend of your child’s or a witness who was there, but not interviewed because the police felt there was already enough information with other witness statements to move the case along.

  • Often times the Police will not take statements from every witness. There could be a friend or witness that supports your child whom the police did not interview. It is important to gather evidence that will support your child, and present that to the District Attorney. It is possible with other evidence presented, outside the police report, the District Attorney will not file charges against your child, or file lesser charges than they were originally going to file.

  • Grades and school attendance need to be gathered for a detention hearing. To consider releasing your child from Custody the judge will want to note the child’s grades, school attendance and family history. That information is harder to gather if you just arrive to court without an attorney, or an attorney who was just assigned to your child’s case the morning of court. This information can be the difference between your child being detained, pending the case or being released home.

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