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Young people don’t always think about the consequences of their actions—and unfortunately, sometimes those actions have negative legal repercussions. It is a common misconception that young people who are arrested will not suffer permanent blemishes to their records. This is not always the case. Youth court or juvenile court is a very real court with very real results—results that may have a most unwelcome impact on a young person’s future, including employment or secondary education opportunities.

Most juvenile court cases involve problems in the areas of criminal mischief, property damage, assault, joy riding (car theft), drug possession, alcohol related offenses, and carrying of weapons to school. While most parents are most concerned about keeping their child’s record clean, there may be more imminent problems such as jail time, fines, and other penalties.

If your child has run afoul of the law, it is well worth your time to secure legal counsel on their behalf. A knowledgeable juvenile attorney will be familiar with the juvenile justice system, and may be able to reduce or dismiss the charges against your child.

What Should I Do If My Child Has Been Arrested?

First things first; get your child out of the police station and take him or her home. Resist the urge to speak about the alleged events with your child. Their words may later be used against them, particularly any statements they made in front of a police officer.

Engage the services of an experienced juvenile criminal lawyer as soon as possible following the arrest. A qualified criminal lawyer with experience in juvenile cases can present a solid defense on behalf of your child, and may be able to get the charges minimized or dismissed altogether. Legal representation is the most effective and likely method for minimizing the impact that today’s mistake might have on a child’s future.

As a parent, a lawyer can help you determine how best to support your child during legal meetings, depositions, or other preparation for court. Do not get involved unless asked, but be there to support your child through what is sure to be a harrowing process for them.

Bruce Engel, Experienced Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Bruce Engel has more than two decades of experience in criminal law, including cases involving charges against juveniles. He is committed to the highest standards in criminal defense and client satisfaction. Engel & Associates are trusted experts in criminal defense in Ottawa and the surrounding communities. They are located at 116 Lisgar St. Suite 210 Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2, and they may be reached by calling (866) 762-9250.