Parents of teens should have criminal defense contingency plan

March 12, 2015

Illinois parents know that, when kids are in their teenage years, they may be prone to various types of trouble, ranging from pranks to criminal acts. Because it is always useful to have a contingency plan for emergency situations, it has been suggested that parents always have contact information for a criminal defense lawyer in case it is needed. This can be useful in case a teen is arrested or is accused of online crimes.

An 18-year-old woman has recently been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter for things that she said to a friend through text messaging, allegedly leading to his suicide. This legal situation underlines how quickly a teen’s life can change, even because of things that were said through texts or online. By being prepared, parents can quickly step in and aid their children when they are facing legal trouble.

Even kids who are not prone to trouble or who make good grades in school may find themselves in an unfortunate situation. With a strong criminal defense, a teenager has an increased chance of successfully confronting any charges he or she may face, even as a juvenile. Every defendant, despite his or her age, has the right to a criminal defense when charged with a crime.

Even a seemingly victimless crime, such as vandalism, can affect a teenager for the rest of his or her life. It is important for Illinois parents to support their children in every area of life, and that may include having a criminal defense lawyer ready to help. An experienced attorney will be familiar with the rights of teenage defendants and can help determine the optimal course of action.

Source: CNN, “Why parents of teens should have a criminal defense lawyer on speed dial“, Kelly Wallace, March 12, 2015