Lawyering with Integrity
Having a child referred to the juvenile justice system can be scary and intimidating. Often, there are many options available for resolving the matter quickly and informally.
Having knowledgeable counsel can greatly improve your ability to resolve your child's case as quickly as possible and with the best possible result for your child, you, and your family.
Juvenile adjudications have the potential to significantly impact your child's life, including his or her ability to obtain financial aid for higher education, enlist in military service and can impact eligibility for certain professions and trades.
It is, therefore, critical that you and your child take great care in addressing any referrals to the juvenile justice system. The best way to ensure that you obtain the best resolution possible is to retain an experienced and well-informed attorney to assist you.
As a Guardian ad Litem, I take my responsibilities very seriously. I always endeavor to obtain those results that are in the best interests of the child or children involved in a particular case. Like the children involved, each case is unique, and I am determined to give each case, and each child or teen, the individualized time and attention necessary for me to ascertain and understand the pertinent facts of the situation, and, ultimately, to determine what, in fact, is in the best interest of that specific child.
Additionally, I have a full understanding of the resources that exist in each of the communities in which I practice, which can sometimes provide a critical mechanism for resolving disputes between parties, while serving the needs and interests of the child.
I am a member of the National Association of counsel for Children, and I endeavor to routinely attend conferences and seminars to ensure that I have the most up-to-date understanding regarding the law affecting and the resources available to my clients. One example is the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) training specific to Abuse and Neglect proceedings that I attended at the University of New Mexico Law School in 2008.