Helping kids in trouble is part of our family law practice.
Juveniles are persons under 18 years of age. These are subject to the procedures of a separate and special court, whose purpose is to rehabilitate rather than punish.
For this reason, most “crimes” committed by juveniles are actually treated as “civil” cases, not “criminal”. There is no prison for most cases, but there might be work hours, restitution payments, probation, fines, and in severe or multiple repeat cases, detention in a juvenile facility.
If a minor’s charge is serious enough, and if the minor’s crime is considered an “adult” crime, the juvenile may be certified as an adult for purposes of standing trial in an adult criminal court.
Sometimes the worse consequences to a delinquent are those outside of the juvenile system, such as loss of driving privileges, expulsion from school, or ineligibility for military service or certain other employment.
Juvenile cases should not be taken lightly. Professional representation is usually warranted.