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Troubled Teens: Why You Should Hire A Juvenile Defense Attorney

The Law Firm of Andrea M. Kolski

It’s natural for young people to make mistakes. In fact, research has proven that a teenagers under-developed brain will likely have difficulty making long-term judgements and decisions.

Still, every parent hopes their child’s mistakes won’t lead to severe legal problems. No one wants to see their child or teenager end up behind bars. If a young member of your family is having trouble with the law, you’re probably feeling frightened and unsure of what to do next.

The most important thing you can do in this situation is to hire a juvenile defense attorney. With inadequate defense, a minor can find themselves facing charges that could affect the rest of their lives. Read on, and we’ll walk you through the benefits of professional help and why it’s essential you have the best defense for your child.

Possible Punishments For Juveniles

Kids will be kids, as the saying goes. But the law doesn’t always take offenses committed by minors in such a forgiving light. Often, the punishments placed upon young people can be quite severe.

If your child is facing criminal charges, it’s important that you take the time to understand what punishments might await them on the other side of the process. There are a number of different punishment scenarios possible.

If a person or property was damaged, there is a chance your teen will have to pay restitution to the victim. Significant punitive fines may also be required and expected from either you or your child.

In addition to financial punishment, your child may have to be enrolled in a probation or diversion program. These programs may require certain commitments such as community service or consistent employment.

In certain cases, your child may be taken from home and placed in a detention center. Confinement to a juvenile detention center can be full-time or on a weekend basis. Detention can last anywhere from weeks to months.

Exact punishments will depend on the severity of the charge against your child. Charges made against teens are often misdemeanor charges but can sometimes be considered felonies. It’s essential that you take the proper steps to protect your teenagers future.

Informing and Protecting Your Child

Any legal proceeding is stressful. But this becomes doubly true when the case involves young people. In addition to the immediate ramifications, you have to worry about how a case might affect your child’s life in the long run.

A juvenile defense attorney can help ensure that criminal charges do not ruin your child’s chances of a bright future.

Teenagers can be very inexperienced when it comes to working through the legal process. Oftentimes, they are unaware of their rights and make mistakes which impact their case for the worse. Parents can also make matters worse depending on their actions. Teens or family members may incriminate themselves or say something untrue– even if they are innocent.

That’s why it’s essential you have your child talk to an attorney as early as possible after facing charges. An attorney can walk you and your teen through the case and help everyone better understand the situation at hand.

An experienced attorney can provide stability in an emotionally difficult time. It’s hard to emphasize just how reassuring it can be to have an expert on hand as you work through the complicated legal process.

What A Juvenile Defense Attorney Can Do

In addition to being an essential guide through the process, a juvenile defense attorney will take a number of steps to help find the best possible legal outcome for your child.

An experienced defense attorney can help present your child in the best possible light to the court. Presenting a child in the right light can make a huge difference in a court’s decision-making process. Good attorneys can skillfully negotiate for a lesser sentence and provide necessary evidence that can be convincing to a judge and jury.

It’s not unusual for an experienced attorney to get a case dismissed or rejected altogether. They might also find a way for the case to be resolved in an informal manner, outside of the courtroom. If a case does go to court, an experienced defense attorney will take the proper steps to fully understand the circumstances and your child’s version of events as it pertains to the alleged crime.

Parents can help their child’s odds in court by collecting and organizing all available evidence to pass over to an attorney. Documentation of positive accomplishments, report cards, and letters of recommendation from the community can all make a positive impression on the court.

An attorney can help organize this information and present them in a helpful manner. An experienced attorney is likely familiar with the local courts and will know the best strategy to employ for success.

Your child’s future is not something to gamble with. An experienced attorney is your best bet at avoiding serious criminal charges for your teen.

Getting The Help Your Family Needs

As a parent, it’s natural to worry about your children’s well-being and future. Legal proceedings can be quite stressful, but a juvenile defense attorney can help ensure that you’re well prepared for your child’s case.

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