When is the last time you had a conversation with your child about how to interact with law enforcement?
Never? That's not an uncommon answer -- especially since most parents can't imagine their children getting into any kind of serious trouble with the law. However, the sobering reality is that children are rarely treated like children in the court system these days.
Would it shock you to find out that eight-year-olds can be tried as adults in America? Nationwide, over 3,000 children have been sentenced to life in prison -- with no possibility of parole -- for crimes that they committed long before they had the emotional and psychological capacity of adults. Some of those children who will ultimately come of age, grow old and die in prison were under 13 years of age when they were sentenced.
It's well-known that many grown adults are wrongfully convicted and will even make false confessions under the pressure of police interrogation. How do you imagine that a child would hold up under similar circumstances?
Do your best to educate your children on their rights and how to handle themselves if they ever find themselves in a situation where they're being questioned by the police. Make sure that your children are under no illusions about the danger they may be in.
One method you may consider using is actually a board game. Called "Trials & Triumph," it was developed by a defense attorney based on scenarios that have occurred in real life. The goal of the game is to teach both teenagers and their parents the ins-and-outs of the justice system and how to avoid falling into traps for the unwary.
A finding of innocence is never assured when you or your loved one has been accused of a crime. You need an experienced defense attorney to explain your rights and options. If you or your loved one has been arrested or is facing interrogation, call our office before you talk to the police.