Have a Kid? Were a Kid? Are a Kid?
It seems common sense that children should be entitled to a defense attorney. However, in the last ten years, 40% of juveniles in delinquency cases in Colorado had no representation. Currently, under state law, a child will only be represented if the child’s parent or legal guardian is indigent. However, given the fact that a private attorney can be so expensive, there is a wide gap between being indigent and being able to hire an attorney. In too many cases, the parents cannot afford to hire an attorney and the child can experience the consequences of this for his or her entire life. A great documentary that further details and explores the magnitude of this problem by looking at the lives of children and their families affected by going through the court process without an attorney is called “Kids For Cash.”
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