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JUVENILE CRIMES

ABOUT JUVENILE CHARGES:

Unfortunately, juvenile criminal charges are taken very seriously by the Court, schools and future employers. Gone are the days when the court looked the other way for a child’s mischief. If your child is in a schoolyard fight, chances are he won’t get detention, he’ll get arrested. A juvenile charge, even a minor one, can cause various problems later in life. It’s important to take the charge seriously and to hire an experienced attorney who knows the system. According to national research, juvenile crime, including violent offenses, peaks between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., right after school lets out.

If your child is charged with a crime, and your child is found guilty, the Court has the right to impose sanctions similar to the adult court. A child could be sanctioned to fines, probation, restitution, community service, random drug testing, or even committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for a period of time. Just as the Department of Corrections handles adults who are in prison or on probation, the Department of Juvenile Justice, handles children.

With the help of an attorney, and the involvement of the parents and family of the child, a resolution can often be worked out with the State Attorney and the court. The court will almost always ask that the child be enrolled full time in school and show proof of perfect attendance. It is important to make sure your child goes to school every day while the criminal charge is pending. The court will also ask that the child stay away from the friends he got into trouble with. Parental involvement in the negotiation process is also very important.

If your child has been arrested or charged with a juvenile crime, contact the Offices of Benjamin & Melmer for a free consultation. Let us use or experience and expertise as former prosecutors to help ensure your rights are protected.