What do we need to know before we call the police regarding vandalism committedby ourdaughter?

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What do we need to know before we call the police regarding vandalism committedby ourdaughter?

My 19 year-old daughter was caught on tape vandalizing her old high school. The arresting officer has come to the house and left his card; she is to call.

Asked on June 14, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It's not so much what you need to know as who you need to know--you need to retain a criminal defense attorney for her. *Anyone* arrested for a crime needs to have good defense counsel. You and your daughter should further *not* discuss this matter with anyone, especially the authorities, prior to speaking with the attorney; remember, there is a right to remain silent (the right against self-incrimination). A willingness to make restitution may help the outcome, though don't offer that until you speak with your lawyer; in the meantime though, if you have a sense for the cost to repair, you might begin seeing if you and/or your daughter have the financial resources to offer restitution.

If this is her first offense, there's a good chance she'll get off easy, but get the lawyer, anyway; good luck.


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