Collateral Consequences: Download this Handy Resource for Children and Families

It is critical that children and families understand their options before making any legal decisions regarding children involved in the juvenile justice system.  The implications for children found guilty by the juvenile court can have far-reaching implications and collateral consequences for both children and their families.  Often involvement in the system is confusing and overwhelming for this population.

The Center for Children, Law and Policy has just published the Collateral Consequences guide, a handy 2-page, easy-to-read handout meant to help children and families understand the short-term and long-term ramifications of being found guilty by the juvenile court.  The guide includes an explanation of how a juvenile conviction can affect various aspects of a child’s life including: school, future employment, adult sentencing, obtaining a driver’s license, voting, jury duty, sex offender registration, and access to public housing.  The Collateral Consequences guide also walks children and families through avenues they can pursue to remedy their juvenile record such as how to seal and expunge juvenile records.  You can download the guide by going to our website and clicking the Collateral Consequences link.

Lisa Steffek

About Lisa Steffek

Lisa Steffek is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.

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