You've just received a horrifying phone call informing you that your child has been arrested. Now what?
First, don't panick and don't jump to conclusions!
Second, contact a Connecticut juvenile delinquency defense attorney by calling 866-787-0119 or sending an e-mail.
Put Over 35 Years of Legal Experience on Your Child's Side
With over 35 years of legal experience, attorney Jerome Paun has defended many school students against criminal, juvenile delinquency, and motor vehicle charges, including:
- Assault and sexual assault
- Drug possession and sales
- Breach of peace
- Disorderly conduct
- Criminal mischief
- Possession of false identification
- Possession of alcohol by a minor
- Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
This is only a small list of the charges attorney Jerome Paun has defended kids and teenagers against from his law offices in Willimantic, Connecticut, and in courts across Eastern Connecticut.
Juvenile Court Proceedings
If your child was under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged crime, in most cases, he or she and a parent or guardian will be summoned to juvenile court. Juvenile court proceedings are always confidential and closed to the public.
Juvenile court proceedings and records are confidential and sealed from public view. Future employment and/or schooling will not be hindered by properly resolved juvenile delinquency charges.
Connecticut Youthful Offender Law
Similar to delinquincy cases in juvenile court, if your child was under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged crime and his or her case was not handled in juvenile court, he or she may be charged as a youthful offender in adult court. If so, his or her case can be confidential and closed to the public. Even court records will be sealed from public view.
If your child is discharged from court supervision and reaches the age of 21 without acquiring a subsequent felony conviction, his/her youthful offender records will be automatically erased by operation of law and your child will not have a criminal record.
What Are the Collateral Consequences of a Juvenile Conviction?
In addition to the criminal charges, your child may experience other serious consequences. Your student may face disciplinary action by the school, including expulsion or suspension from classes. Your child may be evicted and barred from college dormitory housing. A felony conviction may make your child ineligible for federal student loans or other financial aid.
It is important to fight criminal charges in a way that minimizes these collateral consequences to your student.
Students, especially college students, pose special challenges for defense counsel in addition to the usual challenges of defending against criminal charges. They may be called to answer alleged violations of the student code of conduct or school rules. Unfortunately, these proceedings can occur much sooner than the court proceedings, and statements students make to school officials can be used as confessions in criminal court.
Defending students against criminal charges requires defense counsel to be especially careful in not only resolving the criminal charges in court but also counseling the student to minimize adverse collateral consequences in school.
Experienced Tolland County/Windham County Student Crimes Attorney
If your son or daughter has been arrested, please call us toll free at 866-787-0119 or send us an e-mail to arrange a free criminal defense consultation and discuss how our lawyers can help you fight for your child's future.