My child has been arrested, how can you help us?
At The Law Offices of Sears and Sears P.C, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to defending the rights of juvenile defendants. We understand the gravity of a child’s arrest and the impact it can have on the entire family. We are committed to ensuring that your child’s rights are protected and upheld throughout the legal process. Our attorneys possess a wealth of knowledge in the laws and procedures specific to juvenile cases, which we will utilize to develop the strongest defense possible for your child. We will work to advocate for the most favorable outcome for your child. The outcome of the case can vary depending on the specific crime, age and prior arrests of your child, but we will do everything in our power to minimize the penalties and help your child move forward with their life. We will fight for alternative dispositions, such as diversion programs or community service, that can help your child avoid a criminal record and take responsibility for their actions while avoiding long-term consequences.
Navigating the legal system can be confusing and stressful, especially when it comes to your child’s future. Our attorneys will be available to answer any questions you may have, and provide guidance and support throughout the entire process. With representation by an experienced juvenile defense firm such as The Law Offices of Sears and Sears P.C, you can have peace of mind that your child’s case will be handled with a focus on achieving the best possible outcome.
My child is an older teenager, will they be tried as an adult?
Age can play a crucial role in determining how a case is handled. If your child is an older teenager or has committed a serious crime, there is a possibility that they may be tried as an adult. The decision to try a juvenile as an adult is not made lightly by the court, and various factors such as the specific crime, prior criminal history, and age are taken into consideration. Our attorneys will work closely with you and your child to develop a defense strategy that takes the possibility of adult prosecution into account. We will do our best to arrange diversion programs or plea agreements to lessen any penalties your child may face. If you believe that your child could be in danger of being tried as an adult, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Sears and Sears P.C. You can trust our experienced attorneys to handle your child’s case with the ultimate goal of achieving the best possible outcome.
Will future employers or colleges be able to see my child’s criminal record?
Potentially. It depends on the state you are located in, as well as the specific software that the employer or college uses to conduct background checks. Juvenile records must be ‘sealed’ in order for them to not appear in background check databases. Our attorneys can help you with this process if this is a concern that you have for your child. In general, you should assume that the records will be visible to anyone who searches for them, until the records are sealed by the court. Once the records are sealed however, they will no longer appear in any background check databases available to the public. It is important to note that there are some jobs where an employer may still be able to see juvenile records, even if they are sealed. Such jobs include law enforcement, the military, or government positions requiring security clearance. Sealed juvenile records may also appear when applying for gun licenses. To have the best possible chance of getting your juvenile records sealed, contact The Law Offices of Sears and Sears P.C, and we will be able to guide you through the process.
Will my child be expelled from school because of the arrest?
This depends on the state, the school district, and the specific crime. If the crime occurred on school grounds there is a higher likelihood of them being expelled. Even if the crime occurred off of school property, there is still a chance they could be expelled if the school feels that the child is a threat to the safety of the other students and staff. This depends on the laws in your locality, as well as the school districts policies regarding juvenile arrests. The Law Offices of Sears and Sears P.C. has multiple decades of experience protecting juvenile defendants rights; we will guide you through the process of meeting with your school district’s representatives in order to achieve the re-enrollment of your child if they are expelled . We will advocate to the school district on your child’s behalf, but cannot guarantee any particular outcome. Request a consultation from our firm and we will be able to give you specific advice regarding your child’s situation.