Juvenile criminal defense requires an experienced criminal defense attorney. We completely understand how emotionally charged a criminal case involving children or underage teens can be. Facing criminal charges can be very frightening for anyone let alone a child or teenager. The last thing you want is for one mistake to negatively impact your future or that of your child’s. We are dedicated to helping our clients get the best outcome possible in what may be the most difficult circumstances in their life.
Juvenile crimes are treated quite differently than adult crimes. Many times, after a minor has been taken into custody by law enforcement, he or she is released back to his or her parents while formal charges are filed. Otherwise, they are taken to a juvenile detention center to await paperwork on official court proceedings.
Most juvenile courts prefer rehabilitation of juvenile offenders rather than formal punishment for misdemeanors or felonies. Nevertheless, minors can be given harsh punishments or tried as adults if the crime was severe.