Juvenile Criminal Defense

Written by Patricia Skinner
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If your child has been arrested and criminal charges have been laid against him, you are his only hope. Be aggressive in defending your child's future. The first thing you need to do is to find an attorney who specializes in juvenile criminal defense. This should be done as a matter of some urgency. Delay can result in sentencing or an increased sentence.

It is important to retain a lawyer who specializes in juvenile crime because the legal process is very different with juveniles than it is with adults. In most areas, juvenile courts hear cases involving people between the ages of 10 and 18. However, where a violent crime is involved, such as murder, the state can choose to try a juvenile as an adult. You can see that expert defense is vital in such cases.

Juvenile Rights

Juveniles do not have the same rights as an adult convicted of a crime. For example, they don't have the right to a trial by jury. They also cannot be tried in an open courtroom. However, they most certainly are entitled to complete and timely notification of all charges against them. They are also entitled to a fair hearing, and to confront hostile witnesses.

While good criminal defense is not cheap, the benefits to your child in terms of managing to avoid a criminal record, or of having the best possible sentencing scenario, can be priceless. You need a criminal defense lawyer who will proactively go after your child's best interests with everything they've got. A good lawyer will know exactly how urgent it is to move forward as fast as possible with juvenile criminal defense.

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