April 20, 2020 Mental Health

Just Wait until Your Father Gets Home: The “Interested Adult” and Juvenile Interrogations

Eric Y. Drogin

This column’s initial outing promised a focus on “true-to-life” situations at the intersection of criminal law and mental health. One instance in which well-intended notions founder upon proven realities of criminal practice involves the role of the “interested adult” in juvenile interrogations. Let’s examine how defense counsel might consult with a reputable forensic psychologist when an example of alleged client protection actually winds up making a bad situation worse.

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