My 16 year old daughter is in a diversion program for shoplifting (not yet completed) and this weekend drank alcohol, took xanax, and got very violent with her brother and boyfriend and ended up getting two charges of domestic battery. She fled the scene before the police arrived and they put out a warrant for her arrest. She turned herself in the next day and went to the JAC for processing. Our court date is Tuesday. Some advice I have received is to get her into a 30 day rehab program BEFORE her court date to look better in the eyes of a judge. She doesn't want to go but I think this might be the best way to avoid really serious consequences. Your advice please?
That is generally sound advice but documentation would need to be provided to the court so that your daughter is not defaulted for failing to appear on the next court date. Does she have an attorney? If so, that attorney would be best suited to advise you. Also, an attorney that practices regularly out of that court or in front of that judge would also be in the best position to advise you. AVVO has an attorney locator tool to assist you in that regard. Good luck.
A substance abuse program sounds like a great idea. An even better idea is to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney familiar with the juvenile courts in your area. Good luck. Either way, get her treatment and counseling--something is going on here.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
First and foremost, if your daughter has a substance-abuse problems, she should be in rehab immediately. It can't hurt her case either. My best advice is for you to hire competent counsel to represent her who can put together an effective defense strategy. It never works to put somebody in to rehab if they don't need it just because you're trying to escape a future punishment. Prosecutors are smart. They can see through such obvious attempts to circumvent the administration of justice.
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I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's trouble. She is lucky to have a caring parent. My colleagues are correct--you should hire an attorney who can help with this. Good luck to you!
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You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make her drink. At 16, she may get no benefit other than learning the right things to say. I am all for rehab, and she will get some benefit out of it, but it depends upon the individual in each case, and you need to get her a good criminal defense lawyer.
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