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As a parent, do I need a criminal defense attorney?

This is an excellent issue for parents of teens to consider. No one wants to think about his or her older children getting into trouble with the law, but taking a preventive approach is not a bad idea. In the modern world, teens have more exposure to questionable activities and good judgment can often go only so far in keeping them protected. Peer pressure can also make an impact on your child's potential to get into trouble with the law.

Having juveniles in the family is not the only reason to think about the potential for legal trouble. Parents can also get into unforeseen hot water with the law in relation to how they choose to raise their kids. These two elements alone present a good argument for parents to begin shopping for a criminal defense attorney. It might not be necessary to hire an attorney if no trouble is present, but conducting preliminary research into criminal defense attorneys in the Prince Georges County area of Maryland is a great, proactive approach.

Here are some tips for finding the right defense lawyer for your family.

-- Network: Ask friends and family members for attorney referrals.-- Make Contact: Speak with the attorneys on your short list to find out about their experience and their track records.-- Consult Local Resources: A great resource to use is the state's bar association, which offers details about individual attorneys.

Hopefully, you will never require the services of a defense attorney for yourself or for your teens. However, it is never a bad idea to get prepared for the worst in case the unthinkable does occur in your family.

Source: CNN, "Why parents of teens should have a criminal defense lawyer on speed dial," Kelly Wallace, March. 12, 2015

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