JUVENILE JUSTICE

A juvenile crime is any crime committed by a person less than eighteen years of age. If your child is arrested for a crime, it’s important to understand the consequences:

 

  • If your child is adjudicated as a juvenile delinquent, the crime will remain on his or her criminal record and may result in higher penalties for any convictions as an adult.

  • Children who are sixteen or seventeen years old may be placed in the custody of the Juvenile Justice Commission until their twenty-first birthday.

  • If your child is tried in adult court, all the adult penalties will apply except for capital punishment. Your child could be subject to life imprisonment.

 

Often, the first twenty-four hours following your child’s arrest is the most critical period of time in your child’s case. To protect your child’s future, it is essential that you contact a lawyer in order to ensure you have competent legal representation. Early involvement can prevent your child from unknowingly providing incriminating statements and evidence to police. Your lawyer will work hand-in-hand with you and your child to ensure the best possible outcome.

 

The juvenile justice system works differently than the adult criminal justice system. Under most circumstances in juvenile cases, the focus is on rehabilitation rather than  punishment. In cases involving  juveniles, the court is supposed to consider the best interests of the  juvenile. Unlike an adult trial where guilt or innocence is determined  by a jury, juvenile matters are heard by a family law judge, or by a  non-judge called a juvenile referee. Having a lawyer that is familiar with the ins-and-outs of family court practices is the first step you need to take in protecting your child. Contact us today if you need assitance with a juvenile matter.