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Does your child need a juvenile defense attorney? This crucial parenting decision has lasting implications. Children require the protection of an attorney in a variety of situations, the most common of which is the juvenile delinquency process. If your child is charged with a crime, do not hesitate. Contact a juvenile defense attorney.
This time is extraordinarily stressful for your family. Count on Hopkins Law to advocate for your child and protect his or her rights. Our experience includes an in-depth knowledge of child-family investigations, guardian ad litem representation, and juvenile defense. Our process is collaborative and filled with understanding and compassion. The focus is on your child and reaching the best possible outcome.
We specialize in juvenile defense.
Throughout the juvenile criminal process, it is crucial that your child’s juvenile defense lawyer seek to have their record expunged. If it is not, your child may have more trouble gaining employment, applying to college, and joining the armed forces later in life. We understand the impact of juvenile delinquency records and we work to limit the impact these proceedings will have on your child’s future.
For criminal justice purposes, a juvenile is any child under the age of 18. When a child is charged with a crime it is called “delinquency.”
A finding of delinquency has serious implications for any child – and their family. Depending on the crime with which your child is charged, the district attorney may be able to place the case in adult court, which could lead to much more serious penalties. If your child is charged with a crime, do not hesitate. Contact a juvenile defense lawyer.
Children have constitutional rights just like adults. Otherwise, the delinquency process is very different from the adult misdemeanor or felony process – both procedurally and in its objectives. The process of determining if a child is delinquent is called “adjudication.”
There is not a special list of crimes that can only be committed by children. Any adult crime can be charged against a child in juvenile court.
The most significant difference between adult court and juvenile court is that juvenile penalties generally emphasize rehabilitation and treatment. However, it is important to realize penalties may include detention, which is jail for children.
Depending on the crime with which your child is charged, the district attorney may be able to place your child’s case in adult court. This action could lead to much more serious penalties.