What can I do as a parent to help my son out because he did not do anything wrong? 11 Answers as of August 02, 2013

My son and his friends where at a house where a friend decided to break in this person house. My son stayed outside with his other friends because he did not want to get into trouble, now him and his friends and the person that actually went in are in jail.

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Law Office of Alexis Plunkett
Law Office of Alexis Plunkett | Alexis Plunkett
You can retain an attorney if you want to help your son. While he says he stayed outside because he didn't want to participate, the other participants may have a different story. Just because he stayed outside doesn't automatically mean that he didn't per se participate. For example, he could have been a lookout person for the friend who went into the house. Your son needs an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/2/2013
Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
The best thing you can do now is hire your son a good criminal defense attorney. Your son may be seen as a "lookout," protecting the guys who actually went into the house. If so, he can be held accountable for the burglary even though he did not go inside the house. You do not know what the other boys said to the police when apprehended; this could bring your son more into the fold, as could his own statements. This is a very fact-driven situation and your son is going to need the assistance of a good lawyer.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/2/2013
Law Offices of Samer N. Jadallah | Samer N. Jadallah
You have to worry about your sons friends implicating him. If they say he was a lookout or helped plan the robbery in any way he'd in trouble. If they clear him it would be a big help. Cops are good at making friends rat each other out even if it'd false. His friends may believe if they tell on him there case may be easier. Sometimes mere presence at a crime science with perpetrators of the crime can make you an accomplice.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/2/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
You have to get the son a lawyer. The police think that he was helping this person as a lookout.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/2/2013
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
The best thing you can do is hire the most experienced attorney you can afford for your son.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/2/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    The state will need to prove that your son actually had a positive role in the burglary, before being convicted for the burglary. As he has the other co-defendant to substantiate his version of the events, he stands a good chance of beating the case. Of course, he should be represented by counsel, and not the lawyer representing the actual burglar. Also, you are getting his version of the facts, it may come to pass that he and the third party were acting as "loo-outs" for the third guy. In that case, a lawyer should review ALL the evidence in the prosecutor's possession to determine the feasibility of proceeding to a trial, or working out a plea bargain.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/2/2013
    Law Offices of James Elliot McIntosh
    Law Offices of James Elliot McIntosh | James Elliot McIntosh
    Your son decided to stay while someone broke in. Your son gets prosecuted as a principal - meaning he has the same crime as the person who actually went in. So, your son need assistance to get him out of this mess. You are not assisting your son by believing his story.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/2/2013
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Unfortunately, he will need a lawyer to get him out of this. If he can't afford one and you want to help, that is the best thing you can do for him. He should have an attorney no matter what. If he can't afford one he can get a court appointed lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/2/2013
    The Montes Law Firm
    The Montes Law Firm | Lucio Antonio Montes
    You should hire local counsel to represent him as soon as possible. Other than that, your role in helping him will be limited.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/2/2013
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    You have to hope that his "friends" step-up and say he was not a party to the act. By him staying, rather than leaving the scene, hurts him.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/2/2013
    Chambers Law Firm
    Chambers Law Firm | Dan E. Chambers
    You need to speak with some defense attorneys and get your son good legal representation. Early discussion with the police and district attorney is necessary.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/2/2013
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