Among a parent’s most frightening thoughts is that their child is going to be or has been arrested. In this moment, they want to be there to help their child as much as they can but frankly, there is only so much they can do – it’s not like the parent can tell the police to arrest them in the place of their child.
If their child is 17 or younger, their post-arrest process is a little more forgiving – fines, community service, and the opportunity to have their records sealed when they turn 18. But when they are 18 or older, the post-arrest process is more complex: possible jail or prison time.
The first thing that needs to be done in this latter situation is to call