Many ask us “if delinquency proceedings have been filed, is it time for a criminal attorney?”  You and your child will have to discuss this to come up with an answer. It is always advisable to have a lawyer assist your child when accused of criminal acts.  Keep in mind that the attorney will represent your child’s interest, not yours. Any discussion between your child and the attorney will be confidential. The attorney will cooperate with the parents as much as possible, but he/she cannot divulge what was discussed with your child.

Should a delinquency petition be filed against your child, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney to see if the charge has a legal basis and if there are any defenses to the charges. This becomes critical if the state attorney is looking to prosecute your child in adult court.

Clearly, at this stage of the process, an experienced criminal law attorney is appropriate, even if only in an advisement capacity.  Contact the criminal law attorneys at Brandon Legal Group about your Delinquency Proceedings as soon as possible.  Your initial consultation is free.