The only thing more stressful than a criminal charge is a criminal charge against your child. You feel angry, scared, helpless and confused all at once. You may blame yourself. You may blame their peer group. You may blame them and feel that they deserve what they get. In any case, you realize that they cannot remain on the same destructive place that led them to this crisis.
Do your best to remember that things could be worse. It might seem like the end of the world, but people overcome criminal charges and go on to be successful and productive members of society. While this may be a low point for your child, it can also be a turning point. Our philosophy is to encourage our clients take responsibility for their mistakes and learn from them. That does not mean pleading guilty in court, but rather accepting that the conduct that placed them under arrest was destructive. Even if all charges are dropped, it is important that a lesson is learned. Our attorneys take times to understand why our clients act in self destructive ways, and seek to change those behaviors before they result in more legal trouble. We work closely with counselors and therapists and make referrals as appropriate.