Incarceration

Friday, June 12, 2015

One Arrest, Multiple Charges: Do You Need a Lawyer?

It’s not uncommon for a single arrest to lead to multiple charges in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. For example, an arrest for burglary or driving on a revoked license could also lead to a weapons charge; even a simple traffic stop can lead to arrests and result in more than one charge. Other examples include drug-related arrests, which can lead to charges for manufacturing, distribution or possession.

What to Do if You’re Arrested in Chicago

Police can ask you questions without arresting you, but in some cases, it’s best to avoid answering – even if you’re completely innocent or had nothing to do with the incident they’re asking you about.

You can always ask police if they are arresting you; if they’re not, you are free to leave.

If police do arrest you, don’t answer their questions. You have the right to bring in an attorney when police want to question you, and you should use it. Remember that police are trained to get the answers they want, and without your lawyer in your corner, you could end up saying something that you’ll regret later.

Does it Matter How Many Charges Police Level Against You?

The number of crimes the state charges you with can have a direct impact on the amount of bail – if any – a judge will set for your release.

You’ll be formally charged at your arraignment, and it’s a good idea to have your attorney meet you there. He’ll be able to explain the charges, the potential consequences you’re facing and help you enter the appropriate plea.

Of course, it’s best if you can meet with your lawyer before your arraignment so he can begin building a strategy for your defense as soon as possible.

If police have arrested you or someone you care about, call me at 847-920-4540. I can help.

 


Friday, December 26, 2014

How to Explain Incarceration to Kids

Dealing with a child whose parent has to go to jail or to prison can be pretty tricky. You want to protect their innocence and shield them from the worst, but does doing that mean that you have to lie to them?

You’re Not Alone

As many as 2 million children in the U.S. had a parent in prison in 2007, according to the University of Madison-Wisconsin’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and the numbers are likely higher now.

It's tempting to make up a nicer, more pleasant story to explain where their missing parent is, any parent can tell you that kids are human lie-detector tests. They can see right through adults. 

For the most part, telling the truth is the best way to explain incarceration to kids. However, being honest doesn't mean that you have to drop everything on them at the same time; that can be extremely overwhelming for a child.

How to Explain Incarceration to Kids

Experts suggest answering your kids' questions honestly, and stick to the point -- don't go off on a tangent. Don't dive into the whole story, either. Just give out the bits of information they ask for, and make sure that you're considering the child's age and his or her level of development before you start talking. 

It's okay to explain that their loved one broke the law, but ensure that the kids know that he or she is not a bad person. Stress that their parent still loves them, and this separation is not going to change that. Even though the truth may not feel good in the moment, this is probably the best way to ensure that the children continue to trust you and suffer only minimal emotional damage.

Experts also suggest that you check in periodically to make sure they know you are always willing to talk.

Building Trust Through Honesty

Every parent knows how important it is to keep your word and back up your promises with actions. In addition to showing the children that they can trust you and rely on you, it builds stronger bonds... and that's exactly what kids need when one parent is incarcerated.   

 


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