If your child has been arrested, the first thing you need to do is find out why he or she was taken into custody and what needs to happen for the child to be released.
A minor who is found guilty of committing a crime may be declared a "juvenile delinquent," and the judge then determines what action would be appropriate. The youth may be sent to a reform school or another public institution, placed in a foster home, or returned to his or her parents and placed on probation.
If your child has been charged with a minor misdemeanor, and this is his or her first offense, it may not be necessary to retain an attorney. However, if your child has been charged with a felony, a major misdemeanor, or a second charge for any misdemeanor, it is recommended you consult with an juvenile defense attorney.
It is also necessary to understand that the same offense might be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on its degree. With the possible exception of the most minor of cases, it is recommended that you consult with a juvenile defense attorney when dealing with juvenile law.
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