Protecting Your Children When You Have Been Arrested
It’s traumatic enough simply to face arrest. But what if your children are present? Your children may be too young to understand what’s happening. They may be home alone with you and be placed in foster care or protective custody by police or law enforcement officers. You can feel powerless at a time like this, but you can put measures in place that minimize the impact on your children.
Establish an Emergency Plan
If you have any reason to believe that you may be arrested, you want to put a contingency plan in place. This involves identifying someone who will care for your children while you are incarcerated. This should be a family member or a trusted friend, someone who is readily available at all times.
If you have the opportunity before police take you into custody, either call or send a text message to your designated guardian. If police do not allow you to communicate with another person, tell the arresting officers about the person you have designated to take care of your children, and ask that they contact that person immediately.
Hire an Attorney
Once you have arrived at detention, you have the right to make one phone call. That call should be to a lawyer. You want to provide the attorney with contact information for the person designated to take care of your children, and ask that your children be picked up by or taken to the caregiver.
Contact Our Office
At the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr, we have more than 30 years of practice experience. Contact us online or call us at (610) 565-0240 to schedule a private meeting. There is no charge for your first consultation. We will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We take Visa, MasterCard and Discover, as well as debit cards.