When your child gets arrested you can feel like a failed parent. This is where a juvenile defense attorney can help.

As a parent, you do your best to prepare your child to make good choices in the world. But sometimes, your child makes mistakes. When this happens, you want to make sure that they get the help that they need. You want to make sure that one mistake does not haunt them for the rest of their lives.

A run-in with the law can be frightening and overwhelming. Such an issue can leave you feeling confused and unsure of how to best help your child. This section of the website provides information about common juvenile offenses that your child might face.

Please peruse these pages to learn more about an offense that your child faces. For more information, and to take steps to protect your child, you can contact our team of juvenile defense lawyers.

Juvenile Process

Any parent whose child faces the juvenile court needs to know about this court process. You can get the basics for the juvenile court process on this page. For more detailed information, you can order our book on this topic, The Connecticut Juvenile Delinquency Guide.

Possession of Drugs and Alcohol

Many teenagers experience with drugs and alcohol. If your child is caught with a fake ID, trying to buy alcohol, or in possession or under the influence of a drug or alcohol, they face a juvenile offense. Learn more about these issues and consequences here.

School Searches

Your child’s rights are not the same in school as they are under the law. Oftentimes, schools can search a child’s person, locker, or possessions with less cause than the police would need. You can learn more about school searches and how to protect your child on this page.

Dealing with the Police

Police officers might try to intimidate your child into confessing offenses to them. Don’t let your child be intimidated or interrogated by the police. Teach your child how to deal with the police and how to proceed if they are arrested with this information.


Fights, especially fights on school property, can cause problems for your child. They can lead to suspensions or even expulsion from school, and your child can also be charged by the police. Learn more about school fights here.


While shoplifting might seem like a small issue, it can have serious consequences for teenagers. Depending on the value of what is stolen, your child could face severe consequences. You can learn more about shoplifting on this page.

Driving Issues

New drivers are not always the best drivers, and this can lead to run-ins with the law. Speeding, reckless driving, and driving passengers before it is allowed are some of the driving offenses that a new driver can face. Let our team of motor vehicle lawyers and juvenile defense lawyers help your child through a driving issue.

Getting Help

In order to get the best help for your child, you should consider hiring a lawyer. A juvenile defense lawyers knows more about juvenile offenses, defenses, and the court system than you do. To work on your child’s case, contact me at 203-925-9200.

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