Because of the juvenile justice system’s tendency to focus more on rehabilitative sentences rather than confinement sentences, many people assume that they do not need to take criminal proceedings in juvenile court seriously. Unfortunately, this can often lead to more problems—namely an unfavorable outcome to the case.
While some simple cases, such as a very minor first offense, may be able to be ended quickly and fairly without an attorney, repeat offenders or more serious crimes will almost always benefit from the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Attorneys can help steer the case away from a formal hearing in front of a judge, as well as protect the legal rights of your child.
While the charges may not seem serious enough to warrant hiring an attorney, your child’s future is on the line. If by hiring a lawyer you are able to get a more compassionate sentence involving community service and counseling, prevent your child from being tried as an adult, or keep the case out of juvenile court, the money and time you spend with an attorney will be well worth it.
Minors that opt to go without counsel are often at a great disadvantage. Without the advice of counsel, the child will not know how the legal proceedings should be carried out, how to craft a solid defense, or how to skillfully navigate a hearing against them.
If your child has been accused of a crime, now is the time to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in the juvenile justice system. Our firm can consult with you to discuss your options, as well as to find out if we can help your child’s case. To schedule a consultation with us today, simply call our office or fill out our short online contact form.
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