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Juveniles are classified as children who have yet to reach the age of 18. When someone considered a juvenile is convicted of a crime, the law requires courts proceed with caution and treat a juvenile accordingly. Whether a child is out past curfew, was arrested with drugs, or breaks the law in another manner, the laws are designed to keep kids safe while also protecting the rest of society. If your child has been arrested for breaking the law committing a juvenile crime, you’ll need to contact a juvenile crimes attorney right away.
Types of Juvenile Crimes
There are numerous juvenile crimes committed by kids, but there are some that are more common than others.
– Drug possession
– Weapons possession
– Simple arrest
– Theft and burglary
– Criminal acts
Juveniles who commit crimes typically commit crimes in one of the above-listed categories. The types of discipline issued depends on the age of the juvenile, the number of issues the child has had with the law in the past, and the type of law broken. For example, a 13-year-old girl with a history of arrests, drug possession, and crimes committed is going to face more serious penalties than a 17-year-old girl with no criminal history to speak of who is caught with drugs for the first time.
Some juvenile crimes are not handled lightly in any case. If your child is accused of raping, murdering, killing, or forcing any type of sexual misconduct on another person no matter their age, a court of law will not take this lightly. Many juveniles are tried as adults in cases such as this.
Types of Penalties Issued for Juvenile Crimes
It’s difficult to determine what a juvenile will face if charged with a crime without knowing the precise details of a case. The beauty of the law is every case is different, and we can take variations of other juvenile crimes cases and apply them to the cases we face with your son or daughter.
If your son or daughter is charged with a juvenile crime, the penalties could include one or more of the following:
– Placement with someone other than a parent
– House arrest
– Juvenile detention center
– Verbal warnings
– Community service
– Electronic monitoring
If a juvenile is accused of a serious crime such as first degree murder, rape, or lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, he or she could face jail time. Depending on the age of your child when the conviction is given, your child might begin his or her prison sentence in a secured juvenile facility before being moved to an adult jail or prison at the age of 18.
Calling a juvenile crimes defense lawyer is your best hope for an overturned conviction, a lesser punishment, and a brighter future for your child. There is hope, but it’s only given to those who call an attorney with knowledge and expertise in this area of the law. Our attorneys work to prove your child’s case is false, disprove the opposing council, and fight the case by proving it was not handled accordingly.
In many cases, your child is innocent. Cases when parents of young girls with slightly older boyfriends are unhappy with their daughter’s choices, they turn in the young man for being intimate with someone younger than him if he’s 18 and she’s not quite yet of age. Sometimes it’s another person throwing blame on another teen to get out of trouble, and sometimes teens lie from the start to exact revenge on someone who hurt them or didn’t do what they wanted. Our job is to disprove the story the accuser is telling and keep your child out of jail when he or she is accused of a crime they did not commit.
Our job is to defend children accused of crimes, to get them the help they need without spending their time in jail, and to help them improve their future by not spending time in juvenile detention or jail. Defense cases can include everything from improperly handled evidence to an arrest that was not handled in accordance to juvenile law. Even when your child’s case seems helpless, an attorney can help find a loophole, a defense, and a way to keep your child in your custody without it affecting their entire future.
Don’t wait to call an attorney. Do it as soon as your child is accused or arrested of a crime, and don’t speak to anyone in the meantime. Wait for your attorney to arrive so you may begin working together to prove your juvenile’s innocence.
Our team is available always to help you. Regardless of whether you need advice, or just want to run a scenario by us. We take pride in the fact our team loves working with our clients - and truly cares about their financial and mental wellbeing.