Juvenile Criminal Defense
Crime is, unfortunately, a problem in our society. Our children are often affected by this crime and sometimes become involved in it. Where can you go for help when your child is in trouble for juvenile crimes?
Our justice system is such that children are treated differently than adults. Juvenile crimes have different penalties and treatment policies than if an adult had committed the crime. The most common factor that is used to decide punishment is age, but the severity of the crime and past bad acts can affect whether a youth is prosecuted as a juvenile or adult. Most often, the punishments doled out to youth offenders is much lower than those given to adults; even for the same crimes.
Punishment varies widely between the youth and adult system. Juvenile crimes are usually punished with the concept of rehabilitation in mind. Correctional facilities and other less used programs such as ‘boot camps’ are designed to ensure that the individual learns how to avoid juvenile crimes and even adult crimes in the future. Timelines are usually different than traditional adult punishments as well. For example, they can dictate that the individual stay in incarceration until their eighteenth birthday or until a program is completed.
Many states and locales have a system separate from the adult system that handles juvenile crimes and their punishment. This is often referred to as family court or juvenile court. It handles cases much differently than adult cases. Often there is no jury; a judge hears the case and makes the decisions. They have the discretion to dictate specific programs such as drug rehabilitation, incarceration, or other community service related punishments. This court system has rules and regulations that can be confusing and difficult to navigate, so it is essential that skilled individuals are handling these cases.
Attorneys that have knowledge and experience dealing with juvenile crimes are an asset that can ensure that your child is treated fairly by the justice system. Collaborating with a well-qualified attorney is an essential part of getting your child through the criminal justice system.
Juveniles that commit juvenile crimes must be treated with care and efficiency. The act they committed, and how it is handled in the courts, can determine the child’s future. Contact an attorney today and ensure that your child is in capable, legal hands. A good partnership will help your child get the justice they deserve and the treatment they may need.
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