The criminal defense system is set-up differently for people under the age of 17. Generally, the system is supposed to be designed to rehabilitate, as opposed to punish. The Court process is different, and the penalties are often different. Punishments can include fines, community service, and serving time at a juvenile detention center. If you are a juvenile charged with a criminal offense, you need an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to protect your rights and help you obtain the best result possible. In certain cases, you may be able to obtain an alternative disposition which will help keep you from having a juvenile criminal record.
In Massachusetts, if you are under the age of 17 you can be charged as an adult for certain serious crimes, if the State charges you as a “youthful offender”. If you are indicted as a youthful offender, then the punishment is a dual punishment. It means that you can face punishment in the juvenile detention system and then in the adult system once you age out of the juvenile system.
For example, if you (or your child) is charged with rape and they are between 14-17 years old, they will be indicted as a youthful offender. If they are found guilty, there is a good chance they will spend time incarcerated in a juvenile detention center, followed by adult State Prison when they are age appropriate. They would also register as a sex offender.
Attorney Bradley also handles Juvenile Transfer Hearings.
Juvenile Defense Attorney
You have been informed that your child has been detained by an officer in or out of school and now confusion; concern, anger and fear for your child’s future are upmost in your mind. In order to answer these concerns and get your child out of detention you do need a juvenile defense attorney. You should never try to handle your child’s offense yourself. The process may seem to be informal and just paper-work intensive, but the advice of a juvenile attorney is very important. There are procedures, processes and policies that must be followed to the letter. One mistake could cost your child a term in juvenile detention until the age of 18.
In many incidents the violation that leads to the detaining of your child is only a small piece of a much larger picture. Learning about the whole child, his concerns, needs, and mental awareness is necessary to defend a juvenile criminal case. You also need the expertise of a juvenile defense attorney to help you understand the methods and tactics that prosecutors will use to convict your child.
What to Look for in a Juvenile Attorney
As you interview potential defense attorneys determine the experience the attorney has with children, his tenure in defending juveniles, and the empathy your potential attorney exhibits toward your case.
Look for an attorney who understands what a child is going through. By connecting to your child with understanding and knowledge a skilled juvenile defense attorney can be successful in finding the best resolution of your child’s case.
Juvenile crimes can take away an entire youth and life. Youthful offender cases can follow you for life. Call Attorney Bradley to make sure your child is protected. You want the best for your children. You want a fighter in your child’s corner. You want Attorney Bradley.
Give Attorney Bradley a call to help you understand the process, and present the best defense possible.