If you are the parent of a high school or college student who gets charged with a crime (or if you are a high school or college student) you are probably worried about the effects will have on your future!
A criminal conviction can have an effect on your future! It can effect your future job opportunities and even financial aid for college or post graduate education.
There are several possible outcomes of a criminal charge, some will have a permanent effect and some will not. Your case can be:
1. You can not be arraigned and it will never show up on your record.
2. The case can be dismissed, and you can answer honestly that you were never convicted of a crime.
3. You can be given Pre-Trial Probation, and you can answer honestly that you were never convicted of a crime.
4. You can be given a disposition of a continuance without a finding (a “CWOF”), where you can answer honestly that you have never been convicted of a crime. (Please note that some applications will ask if you have received a CWOF as a result of a criminal charge.)
5. You can be found guilty (either via trial or via plea), and you will have to answer that you have been convicted of a crime.
6. You can have a trial and be found not guilty.
One of the most important things to do if your children (or you) have been charged with a crime is to hire an attorney at the BEGINNING! An experienced attorney can help you navigate the system and get the best possible outcome for your child.
An attorney can help you save your child’s record!
Attorney Jessica Foley has experience in both Juvenile and Adult court representing high school students, college students and post graduate students. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 866-981-7888.