Protecting Your Child’s Future
All children make mistakes. It is an essential part of growing up. Unfortunately, some children make mistakes that cross the line into illegal behavior, and if they are caught their future can be derailed before it has even begun. If your child has been accused of criminal activity, it is important to remain calm and seek advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
I am attorney Brian Devane, and I have been providing legal services to people throughout Albany County for nearly 30 years. If your child has been charged with a crime, schedule a free initial consultation by calling me at 518-545-5954.
Three Important Things To Keep In Mind
- The police aren’t necessarily on your side. It can be tempting to let “tough love” play out and have law enforcement scare your child straight. However, the police are only interested in closing out cases and the consequences of a criminal conviction will follow your child for life. Remain respectful toward the police, but ensure that your child’s rights are protected and do not volunteer any information without first seeking legal advice.
- Be prepared to give up some control. Although New York has laws that limit the ability of police officers to engage in coercive questioning, there is no federal right that requires a parent to be present when a child is being questioned. It is important to assert your point of view and to try and be at your child’s side throughout this process. Unfortunately, this may not always be possible.
- Always ask for a lawyer. Even if your child is yet to be charged with a crime, the most important thing you can do is to seek help from an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can ensure that your child’s rights will be protected and can help establish the strongest possible defense against criminal allegations early on during the case.