Q: 19 years old and in school, under investigation, should he have an attorney? My son is accused of insighting peace?!
Claims that he pulled the pin and threw a grenade into a room at my home during a birthday party, not active/ historic item, other kids picked it up and took it into the room, he didn’t have it or pull pin, it was on the floor and wasn’t put together, he picked it up and said it’s fake, and put it away as I told him to do ! No one left or was upset, kids asked me and I told them it was hollow and not real and they laughed and said ok. 2 minutes or less for entire incident. We were called to police and he gave statements, he did not do what was claimed.
A: 1. He should absolutely speak to a criminal defense attorney.
2. He should absolutely NOT speak with Police - or anyone else - about the allegations until he has spoken to an attorney.
A: Your son must have a criminal defense attorney.
If your son already went to the police and gave them a statement, that could be very problematic. He should not speak with the police without having a criminal defense attorney present with him.
A: Yes. In over 30 years of practice, I have handled countless criminal cases. Quite often I learn that my clients met with the police or gave a statement before they were arrested, and before they hired my office. In each of those cases, my clients did more to help the police secure the evidence to arrest and convict them than the police did on their own without my client’s comments.
Often a police officer approaches a suspect, asking questions about something they are investigating. When this happens, just get the police officer’s name and number and tell the officer that you don’t have time to talk at that moment, and that you will call him later, or the next day. Stand your ground and don’t discuss anything with the police. After this, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. The attorney will contact the police to protect your rights.
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