A juvenile can be charged with most criminal offenses that an adult can be charged with
There are also offenses that only a juvenile can be charged with, such as underage possession of tobacco, curfew violations, certain traffic violations, etc. The goal of the juvenile court is to rehabilitate, not punish, the young person. However, an attorney without significant experience in juvenile court may not know all of the available options, such as community service, probation, and other programs to avoid conviction. Further, the way charges are filed against juveniles is different, and many police officers fail to file the proper paperwork, which can be an absolute defense to the charge.
If you are a juvenile charged with a crime, or if you have a loved one who is a juvenile charged with a crime, contact us today so we can help stop what can become a road to devastating consequences for a young person.