Q: My son is under investigation for aggravated assault and cop keeps calling wanting me to take him for fingerprints.
He was defending himself and the girls he was with as this kid was going around the park bullying and assaulting girls. Touching them. My son who is 14 told them to back off multiple times and he shoved my son who in turn punched him. The kid ran to his dad who called the cops because he said my son pulled a knife on him. He had a knife in his pocket but was never touched. There are over a dozen people who gave statements backing my son and what happened. They did not take anything from my son as evidence. He is back home 8 hours away and the cop that was on scene keeps calling wanting me to take him to the local police department for fingerprints. I don’t feel they should have his fingerprints if he hasn’t been charged. What should or shouldn’t I do?
A: Stop talking to the detective and have a private consultation with a criminal defense attorney who practices law in the county where the fight occurred... not just any criminal defense attorney, but one who has experience with juvenile cases because they follow different procedures.
A: Next time the officer calls tell him you will not be able to bring your son in. When he asks why you can't bring him in, tell him "a lawyer advised me not to".
I'm a lawyer and I am advising you not to take your son in to be fingerprinted. Then you should hire a lawyer to advise your son what to do and what not to do if he gets arrested.
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