Hello~My 17 year old was a pass. in a car that was stopped for speeding in N.H. He had in his possession marijuana. He has a court date in June.

My question is: should we go to court and plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty or does it even matter? Also, because he is a juvenile would his record be sealed when he reaches 18? One last question, when they arrested him, I did not receive a phone call. He is 17, don’t they have to inform the parents? Sorry about so many questions. I really would appreciate any input that you could provide.thank you,JC

Asked on June 2, 2009 under Criminal Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Your son's plea matters.  By no means should you have a cavalier attitude towards entering a plea.  A guilty plea is, in most cases, permanent, and may result in unforseen consequences for your son despite the possibility that his file may be sealed as a result of his age.  I highly recommend that you consult and/or retain a skilled criminal defense attorney prior to your son's court date.  Upon reviewing your son's file, a defense attorney may identify ways for the charges to be thrown out (i.e. dismissed, nolled, or resolved with a "not guilty" verdict), rather than entering a guilty plea. 


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