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Old 01-08-2012, 12:56 AM
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Default 15 year old, sexual assault in 1st degree

My 15 year old son was charged with sexual assault in the 1st degree.

He is being pushed to an adult court.

He is adopted and has a huge history of abuse to him. I will be getting all of the files from the state soon.

He has ADHD/ODD and many other mental issues. He is on concentra, stratera, the highest doses.

Although he is in tenth grade, he is at a 7th grade level.

He has been in prision for 4 days now.

What is my next step?
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:43 AM
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your next step is making sure your son has a good attorney. Your next step is making sure that your son knows that he can't talk about the facts of the case to anybody except his attorney. Your next step is making sure your son knows that he can't even talk to you about the facts of the case because there's no parent/child confidentiality.

What you also need to do is educate yourself about sex offense laws in your state. you need to know whether your state has a civil commitment law for sex offenders. If so, you need to be really cautious about talking about his mental difficulties. CC for sex offenses means Sex Offense + Mental Disorder = indefinite confinement in the State Sex Offender Treatment Facility. That means he'll spend decades at least in that institution, and only AFTER he serves his prison time.

I'm sorry you're both going through this. You're in for one helluva education. Keep your son focused on good things - goals, share books to read, write stories together, design robots together, make sure he keeps up on his school work. Do not talk about the facts of the case together. Do not encourage him to talk with LEO without his attorney present.

Get him a good attorney. Do it fast.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:13 PM
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Yourself is absolutely correct, as usual.

The Loving a Sex Offender forum here on PTO has a lot of information on sex offenses and laws, if you wanted to research them.
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