If your teen is arrested, it won’t remain a secret for long. You will be notified by the police and then will likely be on the phone to a bail bonds agent to bail him or her out. Here are steps to take once you learn your teen is arrested.
It’s important for both you and your child to stay calm, since out of control emotions can make an arrest situation worse. The problem must be dealt with in a rational and professional manner. Chances are your child is uncomfortable or frightened by the idea of sharing a cell with other criminals, especially if it’s their first arrest
Contact an Attorney
After you have been contacted by law enforcement about your teen’s arrest, you should call an attorney to get advice on how the teen should proceed with questioning at a juvenile detention facility. You have the right to tell the police that you do not want your child questioned without an attorney present. Since you may not be able to attend questioning, it’s best to focus on getting them out of jail as fast as possible, so that they aren’t persuaded to admit to a crime they did not commit. If you do not have your own family attorney, you can request a public attorney.
Find a Bail Bonds Agent
With the help of a bail bonds agent you can speed up the process for getting your teen out of jail after a judge sets the bail amount. Since bail bondsmen work around the clock, it does not matter what time of day you call, as their operations are 24/7. Bail bondsmen commonly charge 10 percent for their service and ask for property as collateral, such as a car or home. After that you need to make sure that your child complies with court arrangements.