Juvenile Delinquency Law

Juvenile Delinquency

What is Juvenile Delinquency Law?

Juvenile delinquency law pertains to minors under the age of 17 who commit criminal acts. Juvenile delinquency crimes often include theft, property crimes, assault and battery, drug offenses, and/or weapon charges. The laws that govern juvenile delinquency are getting stricter in an effort to minimize the juvenile crime rate. In most cases, a delinquent child will not be tried as an adult. Because of their age, they may be sentenced to probation, subject to fines, incarcerated in juvenile detention or corrections facilities, placed in a youth home or with child services, etc. If charged as a minor, the child will not have a permanent record when he or she is an adult.

However, if a minor commits a juvenile delinquency offense that is highly severe, such as murder, sexual assault, serious drug offenses, etc., he or she may be charged as an adult and thus face the same sanctions that an adult convicted of the same crime would face. This could result in the minor being sentenced to life in prison, and having their conviction follow them for the rest of their life.

Juvenile Delinquency Lawyers

Juvenile delinquency laws change frequently and can be complicated depending on the type of crime involved. More and more delinquent minors are being charged as adults in today’s criminal justice system. Juvenile delinquency attorneys can help with these complex laws and challenging situations. An attorney will be familiar with changing juvenile laws and will best be able to ensure a child is not tried or charged as an adult. A juvenile delinquency lawyer can work with you and your child to best defend him or her and possibly prevent a potentially life-changing conviction.

Lawyer Referral Service

If your child is facing a juvenile delinquency charge, contact an attorney through Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can refer you to an attorney in your area with experience in juvenile delinquency cases. We will help protect your child's rights in the juvenile criminal defense system.

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