It must be a shock for any Florida parents to be told that their child was arrested. Regardless of which juvenile crimes are alleged, parents would naturally want to speak to police as soon as possible to resolve the issue before it goes any further. However, this is a sensitive time during which care must be taken with what is said or done, and legal counsel might be the appropriate person to be present during any questioning and also to protect the child’s rights during interviews.
It is crucial to contact an experienced attorney like those at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey immediately after learning of a child’s arrest because, starting at that moment, his or her rights will be at risk. The legal rights of juveniles are precisely the same as those of adults. Among others, they have the right to say nothing and the right to contact an attorney. They also have the right to have a fair trial, and the fact that they are accused of crimes does not mean they are guilty.
Parents and children might not realize that police will take advantage of the typical feelings of intimidation that police stations bring. They might try to coerce a child to confess to committing a crime by pointing out the worst case scenarios, which might include threats of jail time and criminal records that will follow them for the rest of their lives. The truth is that with experienced legal counsel, your child’s rights can be protected, and alternatives can be pursued to avoid such severe consequences.
The experienced attorneys at the Florida Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey have 20 years of combined experience. With their extensive knowledge of the juvenile system, they can work to keep an arrest and charges for juvenile crimes off the child’s criminal record. You can be assured that they will do whatever is necessary to obtain the best possible outcome in any criminal case against your child.