We recently discussed what a status offense entails in juvenile court. These are offenses that wouldn't lead to legal troubles if an adult did the same things. Even though these might not seem significant, they can be a very big deal for your child.
No parent wants to know that their child got into trouble. When this happens, it can be a wake-up call for you that your child needs help for addiction, behavioral and/or mental health issues. You may learn about some of the services that could help your child.
In the juvenile court system, the focus has to be on helping the child see what he or she is doing that needs to be changed. Once this is established, the child needs to be given the tools to make the changes. This is something that some parents don't realize. Children need to be able to make changes, but those often won't come automatically.
As your child goes through the process, you need to make sure that he or she has a voice. This is where experienced legal representation comes in. Children will learn their rights and will have someone to stand by them and make sure that those are upheld.
We know that this is a situation that you might not have ever thought you would face. While it might take some time to adjust to the way things are now, make sure that you get the defense for your child moving swiftly because this can have a big impact on what legal options your child will have.