Perhaps there is no worse time to make the mistake of going without representation than when a juvenile is at issue. “Just telling it like it is,” unfortunately, is the defense strategy of choice for far too many people. Do not the mistake of thinking, “Well, the truth will out in the end.” Not every case gets the review it deserves, even if you are, indeed, innocent, but found guilty.
In fact, even in the most sympathetic circumstances, your case might not receive the review it merits. Recently, for instance, the United States Supreme Court refused to review the rape and murder conviction of Brendan Dassey.
You might recall Dassey’s case from the Netflix documentary, “Making A Murderer.” Dassey, at the age of 16, was interviewed by law enforcement, alone and unrepresented. Not surprisingly, after hours of interrogation, Dassey confessed to the crimes so he could go home.
False confessions are a real problem with real consequences, particularly where people under 18 years of age are involved. In fact, according to Laura Nirider, co-director of the Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, “Research has shown that children under 18 are between three and four times more likely to falsely confess than adults.”
Under our criminal defense system, however, it is nobody’s job to advocate for you. Not the police. Not the judge. Not the prosecutor.
For that reason, it is important you have someone in your corner who advocate for you and only you. An experienced criminal defense attorney who knows how the system works can make sure the rules of engagement are followed in your case and your rights are protected.
An attorney who has your back and nobody else’s can help prevent people from taking advantage of you.
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