Homecoming can be one of the most fun events on the school calendar for many teens, but it’s also a time when we get a few extra calls from parents who are considering getting legal help for their child after some reckless choices on homecoming night. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at some common homecoming-related crimes, and we explain why it’s imperative that you get professional legal help for your child if they are facing charges after homecoming.
Homecoming Crimes and Your Defense
The vast majority of teens have a fun and safe homecoming, but sometimes kids get caught up in the moment and make some bad choices. This can lead to criminal charges, and for many parents, this is the first time that their teen has run into legal trouble. You are probably unfamiliar with what you should do, and odds are you’re more than a little mad, but these feelings of confusion and anger can lead you to make some bad decisions of your own.
We’re not going to sit here and tell you how to discipline your kids, but we do want to offer some advice when it comes to their criminal charges. A criminal conviction can have a significant effect on your child’s life. It can lead to discipline from the school, it can create difficulties getting accepted into college, and it can inhibit their ability to land a job or get their housing application approved. There are other ways to discipline your child and get the message to them that this behavior is not acceptable then to let them fight their criminal case on their own and deal with the consequences for years afterwards. Instead, get them some professional legal help, even if the cost will come out of their allowance until they are 50 years old.
A lot of common Homecoming-related crimes that we see can have significant long-term consequences like we detailed above. Some of those common crimes include:
- Underage Drinking
- Underage Possession of Alcohol
- Drug Possession
- Drug Sales
- Underage Driving Under The Influence
- Disorderly Conduct
- Sexual Assault
If your child is facing any of the above crimes, they are going to need professional legal assistance in order to fight the charges. Again, don’t view this process as letting them off the hook. You can impose your own discipline at home, but you never know what’s going to happen in the legal system when the decisions are out of your control, so don’t leave it up to a judge. Odds are you made a few mistakes when you were in high school, and it’s not fair to your child to have a mistake prevent them from getting into the college of their dreams or affect their ability to pursue their career later in life.
At a minimum, take the free case consultation we offer to all new clients. Let us go over the charges with you, talk about your potential penalties and how we see the case playing out. If we think we can be of assistance, we’ll explain everything we’ll do to help your child beat the charges. And if you’re reading this blog because you just got a call that your child has been arrested in Minneapolis, St. Paul or Eden Prairie after homecoming, call us now and we can walk you through the next steps. We answer our phones 24/7. Give us a call at (952) 224-2277 today.