September 10, 2014

My 15 year old daughter was charged with battery of an officer. What are the possible outcomes?

It depends on the extent of the injuries and if weapons were used. Juvenile courts tend to emphasize rehabilitation over punishment when possible. If your daughter didn’t use a weapon and there were only minor injuries or no injuries to the officer, the court will likely set the focus on having your daughter not reoffend. […]

September 10, 2014

My underage son was questioned without a parent or attorney present. Are his statements admissible in court?

Law enforcement can question a minor during an investigation without a parent being present. The minor can refuse to answer questions from law enforcement or can ask for a parent to be present. The law regarding admissibility of a defendant’s statements is complex. Hiring an attorney experienced in handling juvenile matters is the best option.

September 10, 2014

My 15 year old son is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, including gang enhancements. Should I hire a lawyer?

Yes, you should get a lawyer – the sooner the better. The seriousness of the injuries, and the gang enhancement make this a violent felony with significant consequences and a potentially lengthy “prison” term.