Coping with a loved one's criminal conviction

When people receive word that their loved one in Nebraska has been arrested and is facing a potential criminal conviction, they may be feeling uneasy about how their family member's behavior will impact their life. While there are many valuable resources that can be used in helping criminals to make the most of their time behind bars, their family may also be suffering from their own concerns regarding the situation. 

One of the biggest challenges that people may face is the effort to continue supporting and loving their family member without coming across as being accepting of the mistake that was made. Often, the best way to go about this is for people to be informative in providing ideas of things that can be done to correct their family member's situation, as well as provide unconditional support throughout their process of paying for their wrongdoings. 

According to the University of Minnesota, it is imperative that families understand how to respond in the situation that their loved one has been unexpectedly arrested for wrongdoing. Some of the things they can do include the following:

  • Establish healthy boundaries and be forthright in making sure they are protected.
  • Allow themselves time to properly process the emotions they are feeling in regards to their loved one's behavior.
  • Consider therapy to help them work through the situation in a way that is healthy and productive.

The Atlantic also warns that when family members are summoned to testify in court either as a witness in their family member's case or to testify against them, matters can be further complicated and relationships can be even more strained. 

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