However innocent you may consider your own children to be, your child might have committed some petty misdemeanors; minor theft, trespass, truanting, and petty vandalism might seem harmless and common crimes for pre-teens wanting to fit in with their friends. Unfortunately, fitting in becomes an even bigger deal once your child hits their teens, and so do offenses, and the penalties they carry.
How You Can Prevent Your Child from Committing Crimes
Falling in with the wrong crowd is one of the many worries of parents – how can they stop their child experimenting with drugs, getting involved with a violent gang, and perhaps becoming a victim of crime themselves? The fact is that your child will largely make their own decisions, for good or bad. Unless, you’re homeschooling the child, you cannot supervise them round the clock.
So what can you do?
Treat Them Like an Adult
The younger you allow children to not only have responsibility, but to take responsibility for their actions, the more likely it is that they will fully accept that those actions have consequences, sometimes serious ones.
Give Them Freedom
Give them freedom within boundaries. In addition, make sure that responsible adherence to these boundaries is rewarded in some way.
If your teen shows an alarming tendency to adopt the “it can’t happen to me” attitude, expose them to the consequences of their actions. Talk to your local law enforcement juvenile crime division, and educate them with what could happen, especially if their crimes could potentially lead them to being tried and incarcerated as an adult.
What You Need to Know about the Juvenile Arrest and Detention Process
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about juvenile arrest and detention process:
How long can a juvenile be detained?
If a juvenile is put on detention, he/she must be taken before to a Probation Officer within 24 hours of the arrest. Any minor who has been taken into custody must be presented before a judge for a Detention Hearing within two court days of the arrest.
Does a juvenile has Miranda rights?
The police have to tell the juvenile about their legal rights which are called “Miranda rights”. These rights include the following:
The juvenile has the right to remain silent and refuse to answer.
Anything they say may be used against them in a court.
They have the right to a lawyer. If they or their parents cannot pay for the lawyer, the court has to appoint one.
They have the right to an attorney who is effective. If they cannot pay for an effective lawyer, the court will get a lawyer for them. If the juvenile does not have a lawyer, you can talk to the public defender or another lawyer for advice.
How long can a juvenile be in juvenile hall?
If a juvenile is arrested and detained, the state’s laws and the judge of the juvenile court determine the length of the juvenile’s stay in juvenile hall. He/she may be allowed by the court judge to leave juvenile hall after the first court appearance. The court judge may require them to stay in juvenile hall until after their trial or sentence hearing.
A parent’s job is not easy – the most important thing is never to allow communication with your child to break down.