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Windham County Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Defending Your Child’s Best Interests Ferociously

At The Law Office of Jerome Paun, we receive calls from parents and guardians whose children are facing juvenile delinquency charges. Naturally, they are very concerned about what the future holds for their children. Attorney Paun effectively defends under 17 year old juveniles against a wide variety of criminal charges, including but not limited to: assault, sexual assault, breach of peace, disorderly conduct, burglary, larceny, robbery, criminal mischief, possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of marijuana or other drugs and controlled substances, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. We believe that every young person deserves a chance to turn his or her life around and we can help them get that chance.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you and your child to protect their future. Our Eastern Connecticut legal team is eager to help!

Your Child Has Constitutional Rights

Don't let your child talk to the police without a Windham County juvenile defense lawyer representing him or her. The police are not kidding when they tell you that anything your child says can and will be used against him or her in court. Despite what they might tell you and your child, if your child is under arrest or investigation, the police are not there to help your child!

Attorney Jerome Paun represents elementary, middle school, and high school students on many different criminal charges, including:

If the police want to interview your minor, as a parent or guardian you have the right to be present during questioning and to insist that your child's attorney be present too. With competent juvenile defense counsel present, your youngster won't answer questions that might hurt him or her in court.

Your Child Needs Effective Legal Defense

When you appear in juvenile court, you and your child will be confronted with the power of a juvenile prosecutor, juvenile probation officer, a juvenile court judge, and possibly Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigators and social workers. To improve your chances of achieving a successful outcome for your child, you need a skillful juvenile defense lawyer to counsel you and your child, to negotiate with the prosecutor, and to represent your child in court.

Kids Deserve a Break

Juvenile defense attorney Jerome Paun works hard to achieve an outcome that keeps youngster's juvenile record clean whenever possible. At The Law Office of Jerome Paun, we are experienced in defending against juvenile delinquency charges and will work hard to achieve the best possible result for your minor child.

Contact an Experienced Juvenile Charges Defense Attorney in Windham County

For a free consultation with The Law Office of Jerome Paun about your son or daughter's juvenile criminal charges, call us toll-free at (860) 455-4202.

Has Your Child Been Arrested?

FAQs by Parents Whose Children Face Criminal Charges

Call the Law Office of Jerome Paun and let us review your case. Your child's future could depend on it.
  • My husband and I live in Upstate New York, and our son is attending ECSU. Do we need to come all the way to Connecticut to meet with you?
    No. We can schedule initial consultations with you by telephone, then meet with your student in our law office here in Willimantic, Connecticut. We understand that you are probably upset with your student but still want to defend your child against unfounded charges or minimize adverse consequences to which he or she may be exposed. We are willing to follow-up by telephone with you as the case unfolds if your child authorizes us to do so.
  • My daughter was arrested and we are paying for her legal defense, how involved can we, as her parents, be in her case?

    We understand your concern and desire to be involved. However, your child, as our client, is protected by the attorney-client privilege. That means that anything your student tells us is not only confidential, but also privileged and may not be shared with anyone. The same legal protection does not apply to you.

    It is very important that your son or daughter tell you very little about the incident because you could be called as witnesses for the prosecution and compelled to testify against your child about things he or she may have told you about his or her case. However, we will do our best to keep you up to date with the developments of the case.

  • My son is under investigation by the police, should we retain criminal defense counsel now?
    In our experience, it is never too early to involve a criminal defense attorney when a person is under investigation. Attorney Jerome Paun will have some input into the police investigation if you retain him as counsel early in the process. We are happy to explain the entire legal process, including police investigations and the courts to you, and how prearrest legal representation may avoid arrest entirely, as well as humiliation and other adverse consequences if an arrest becomes unavoidable.
  • What will happen to my daughter's student loans if she is convicted?
    If convicted of drug possession or another felony, she may no longer qualify for federal student loans. Conviction may also affect college scholarships. She may requalify for federal student loans by completing a drug rehabilitation program or reapplying after a waiting period. We work hard to avoid convictions that will jeopardize a college education.
  • Can my son or daughter stay in college during the proceedings?
    That depends on a number of factors, including whether the alleged crime took place on campus, is of a serious nature, resulted in harm or injury to another student or the school's property, etc. Your student may face various kinds of disciplinary action by the university.
  • Can attorney Jerome Paun represent my child at the school's disciplinary hearing?
    No. Most colleges and universities, UConn and ECSU included, prohibit representation of students facing school disciplinary hearings despite the fact that appearances by students at such hearings may jeopardize their constitutional rights in court. Attorney Paun can provide experienced counsel on how to prepare for school proceedings in such a way as to protect your child's constitutional rights while still maximizing his or her chances for a more favorable outcome in the school disciplinary hearing.