When a child is charged with a crime, it affects the entire family. This is especially true in cases where a minor has been charged with a serious criminal offense, such as a sex crime, assault, or even murder. Whether your child has committed a crime, been wrongfully accused of a criminal act, or simply made a mistake, the guidance of a juvenile defense attorney can help you get through this difficult time. Each case has its own set of facts and circumstances and a competent attorney can help you understand your child’s legal options and help you reach the solution that is best for your child and family.
I assist juvenile clients and their families by negotiating with the prosecution to reduce the charges, if possible, and appropriate. I also aim to work with prosecutors to ensure that children are charged as minors, not adults. In some cases, by taking this step, children face fewer penalties and are therefore able to move forward with their lives more quickly.
Not all attorneys are equipped to work with juvenile defendants. It takes a combination of compassion, knowledge and understanding of the law as well as an attorney who can “meet your child where they are” and see your child through the juvenile court system, working to achieve the best possible outcome.
Remember: A criminal charge against your child does not have to negatively affect the rest of his or her life. If your child is in trouble, call me to schedule a consultation today.