What Happens if My Child Is Arrested at School for Making Threats?

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
July 15, 2023

If your child has been arrested at school for making threats, you might feel worried about the situation. Could your kids be charged as an adult? What are the potential consequences if your child is convicted? Is there a way to avoid conviction in this case in Pennsylvania?

We at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. are talented in criminal defense law, and we may be able to answer a few of your questions. If you are interested in learning more about the aftermath of your child’s arrest, continue reading for our complete breakdown.

Can My Child Be Tried as an Adult in Pennsylvania?

There are a few situations where your child may be charged as an adult in the state of Pennsylvania. If your child is at least 14 years old and charged with a felony, the juvenile court might choose to move the case to the adult court. This is especially likely if there is a chance the general public might be safer as a result of more severe measures being taken.

What Are the Potential Consequences if My Child Is Convicted of Making Threats?

If you are worried about your child’s potential consequences following conviction, they may face some of the following penalties:

  • Jail time
  • Detention
  • Permanent criminal record

If you are interested in reducing your child’s potential consequences, or avoiding a conviction entirely, you may want to hire a talented criminal defense lawyer.

How Can a Lawyer Help in My Child’s School Threat Case?

If your child has threatened a school, a lawyer may be helpful in a number of areas within the legal process.

Legal Talent

Your lawyer is likely to have a great deal of legal knowledge and talent in criminal defense law, and this may be a significant help as you build up your case. This may help you file the correct paperwork, avoid mistakes, and develop the best possible defenses for your child’s case.

Negotiation Skills

Lawyers are also well-known for their negotiation skills, and your lawyer’s negotiation abilities may be useful for reducing your child’s consequences. Additionally, this may be helpful in changing your child’s conviction to a less severe charge.

Reduce or Eliminate Consequences

Your lawyer may also be able to reduce your child’s consequences. In some cases, the conviction may be struck from the court entirely. By building a strong defense and representing your child favorably, your child may be able to return to normal life more quickly with minimal impact from their perceived choices.

In Pennsylvania? Get the Guidance You Need From Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. Criminal Defense Lawyers

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we have great talent in both criminal defense and personal injury law. We have over 65 years of legal experience, and we may be able to assist you through the legal process. Our legal team is known for its award-winning criminal defense & personal injury law practice in Pennsylvania, and we are dedicated to giving our clients dedicated support and guidance.

If you think we might be an asset to your case, we may be able to help. If you are interested in asking questions or discussing the details of your case, our team is patiently awaiting your call. To reach out, please feel free to call (215) 822-7575 or complete our contact form.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
July 15, 2023
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