The juvenile system, when functioning as intended is designed to provide youthful offenders with an opportunity to turn their lives around and enter adult life without a criminal record. However, if a young person is charged with a juvenile crime and the matter is not handled properly, the consequences can be life changing. I have extensive experience in representing children and adolescents charged with juvenile offenses & can help your child.
Has your child been charged with a juvenile offense?
Make sure that he or she has a San Antonio juvenile lawyer present when speaking with police or prosecutors. Contact me for a free consultation, Call 210-404-4230.
When Children Face the Criminal Justice System
The criminal justice system is often confusing and frightening to young people. Unsure of their surroundings, they may make statements to police or prosecutors, which can permanently and irreversibly damage their cases. During your free consultation, I will explain the possible outcomes for a juvenile crime conviction, tell you exactly what to expect, and offer strategies for juvenile court.
Possible Methods of Defense
Juvenile court proceedings are completely confidential, meaning the hearings are private, and juvenile criminal records may be expunged. There are excellent juvenile diversionary programs available as alternatives to jail or prison, but if the case is handled improperly, the young person may be tried as an adult, possibly facing far more serious consequences than necessary.
If your child has been arrested, is under investigation, or has been charged with a juvenile offense call 210-404-4230 or e-mail for a free consultation.
Penalties Facing Juvenile Offenders
Despite what many think, a juvenile crime can find a place on your child's permanent record. Even when the record is not public, the juvenile must live with the conviction for the rest of their life. Judges will still be able to access these records. For enhanceable offenses such as traffic and drug offenses, a judge can look at these records and impose a stricter penalty when the juvenile becomes an adult and is convicted of a crime.
When juvenile records exist, it can be more difficult to convince a judge to dismiss charges. This is why you need legal representation by your side to work with your particular case.
Published by Hector Gonzalez on 03-01-14