How will my public advocate help me?
Your public advocate is your lawyer. Your lawyer will talk privately with you about your case. Your lawyer will explain your case to you and answer your questions. Your lawyer will keep your secrets confidential. Your lawyer will be on your side in court.

If you are younger than 18, you still have the right to have a lawyer. Your lawyer will need to meet with you without your parents in the room.

Normally, your lawyer also can talk to your parents and answer their questions, if that’s okay with you. Sometimes, however, that is not possible. For example, in some cases, victims’ rights laws prevent defense lawyers from talking to parents.

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1. What is a public advocate?
2. How will my public advocate help me?
3. How can I get a public advocate?
4. Is a public advocate free?
5. Why is a probation officer calling me? I’m not on probation!
6. What happens at juvenile court?
7. Can the juvenile court take away my driver's license?
8. What is an appeal?