As outlined in my parent's guide book, parents can assist in their child's defense by providing their attorney with documents and materials. Each of these documents will allow the attorney to better understand the child's situation in order to provide the most aggressive defense possible. Please note that all of the documents may not apply to every child.
1) Any records or reports from the child's school counselor or counselor the child may see outside of school.
2) School report cards from the past 2-3 years.
3) Awards: Academic, sports, school clubs, church, neighborhood associations, volunteer groups, etc.
4) Documentation showing religious affiliation and attendance at place of worship, and any other involvement in this capacity.
5) Character letters from family members, close family friends, mentors, or neighbors.
6) Medical records from any current surgery, treatment or other ongoing medical condition.
7) School assignments or projects where child excelled (for instance an essay, book report or art project).
8) Community service or volunteer work (if the child participates in this type of activity, keep a log of dates, hours served, and a description of the work).
Kathryn Boortz has a passion for working with youth and their families. She is the founder of Boortz Law, a law firm that focuses on juvenile defense.