Is your child facing charges? Here's what you need to know...
As parents, we spend our lives caring for our children. We try our best to teach them right from wrong, as they navigate their adolescent years and enter adulthood. Whilst we do whatever we can to support our kids, sometimes they just think that they know best and want to make their own choices. This often results with them acting impulsively, making poor choices and acting without thinking of the long-term consequences. When this happens, we quickly realise that our job as parents is never really over.
At a certain point, it becomes harder for us to protect our kids. This is often the case as they become more responsible for their actions, particularly when they are over 18 years of age and are facing criminal charges. Whilst facing criminal charges is ordinarily a scary and unpleasant experience for an accused person, it can be equally as stressful for a loving parent who is not aware of the process. Most parents in this situation want to protect their child from any long-term repercussions, from what is often just a momentary lapse in judgment. Parents will often find themselves not knowing where to turn or who to talk to discretely about these matters. It is at this point that getting confidential and specialist advice from a criminal lawyer is imperative.
In Natalia’s blog titled ‘What to do when charged…know your options’’, she discusses some of the most important things to know when someone is charged. Firstly, it is important to know what the allegation is. This is identified by considering the statement of material facts and the prosecution notices. Both of which, the Police are required to provide.
Furthermore, in Natalia’s blog titled ‘What do I do if the Police want to speak with me?’, she mentions that even if it seems counterintuitive to speak to a criminal lawyer before speaking to the Police, it is important to understand the irreversible ramifications, which may follow as a result.
If you or someone you know finds themselves in a similar situation, it is important to reach out and get advice from a criminal lawyer early on. Contact our criminal law team now on (08) 9386 5200 or after hours on 0403 624 271.