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When Three's A Crowd: How Families Can Contribute to their Child's Defense

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Date Published
June 2013
3 pages
This fact sheet provides comprehensive new best practice standards for juvenile defense attorneys.
This fact sheet is an easy-to-understand publication that describes best-practice relationships between juvenile defense attorneys, their clients, and their clients' families. This fact sheet summarizes the role of the defense attorney when the client is a youth and provides tips; as efforts increase to improve family engagement in the juvenile justice system, it is important to remain cognizant of the ethical standards for attorneys who represent youth, in order to most effectively and appropriately include family members. This fact sheet also serves as a resource for parents on how best to support their child and contribute to their child's case. Having a clear understanding of the role and obligations of their child's attorney can help parents and other caregivers know how they can be most helpful as well as when they should take a step back in order to preserve their child's rights.