Thursday, December 29, 2005

You're In Trouble Now Son

I recently got called out to a Police Station where I represented a father and his son for completely unrelated incidents.

As I was dealing with the son's case I bumped in to the father in the custody suite. I already knew the father from my previous dealings with him. He started to explain to me how disappointed he was that his son had been arrested. I found this rather ironic because the son had never been arrested before and the father had a list of convictions that would probably stretch for several metres.

After dealing with the interview for the son I had to wait for the Police to make a decision on the case so I went on to deal with the father's case. The father was bailed out of the Police Station before the son, and before the son was released the father told the Custody Sergeant that he should not release the son so that he could get a taste of what being in trouble was really about. The father then turned to me and said that he will soon make an appointment to come and see me about a case he is currently on bail for!


Katy Newton said...

I've often thought that the words "appropriate adult" in youth justice legislation should be replaced with the words "inappropriate adult". The advice that my youth clients most often seem to get from their parents is, "Don't say nothing, son."

Gavin said...

How true.

The most shocking experience I have had with some appropriate adults is when they physically attack their child in the middle of an interview!

Anonymous said...

The unit of length in your article is metres unless you're Bill Gates.

Gavin said...

Very good point. I really should proof read these posts before I hit the publish button

Unknown said...

Appropriate adult leaves station to get some 'fresh air'. Manages to fall asleep at a bus shelter. We cannot find him. Social Services cannot help. Suspect placed into sleep period. AA arrives back 8 hours later.

Say no more.

Anonymous said...

This proves that ,as regards to youth crime, we should look further than the press alerts and media uproars, . the attitude to authority is past down and ingrained in the young people from a young , i will never generalise to say criminals breed ciminals but its a shame the kids of criminals are left to unsupervised or un checked and left to follow in the footsteps of the elder. its a real shame that the parent in this case reconised that the son needed sorting out but couldnt see it was his own attitude that as created his sons beaviour, maybe the cops should tell the dad some home truths.