When a child is arrested for a crime, it is considered a juvenile delinquency case. Under the Juvenile Justice System, police, probation officials, and the State Attorney have broad discretion over how to treat juvenile offenders. The State Attorney even has the discretion to file charges against a child as young as 14 in Adult Criminal Court. Juveniles can be charged with almost any crime an adult can be charged with, as well as offenses that are only applicable to Juveniles because of their age. Some examples are Underage drinking/possession of alcohol, Battery on a School Board Employee or Disruption of a School Function.
It is important to remember that the Juvenile system operates under a different set of procedures than adult courts. There is no right to a jury in a Juvenile Case and as a result cases move much faster than in adult court. If your child 14 years of age or older, it is vital that you retain representation as soon as possible so that they may contact the State Attorney on your behalf, and make a case to keep your child’s case in the Juvenile Court system. You need a knowledgeable and experienced Juvenile attorney to help you and your child navigate this perilous time.
Attorney Jason Seidman is a former Juvenile Prosecutor and has handled hundreds of juvenile cases. He is well versed in the rules of juvenile court, and more importantly the steps that must be taken to protect your child’s future. Even though juvenile records are sealed after a person reaches adulthood, crimes committed by a juvenile count towards sentencing in adult court and could mean harsh consequences later.
When you retain Attorney Jason Seidman to represent your child in juvenile court, he does not only focus on the current charges at hand, but also on potential long term repercussions for your child’s future. He strives to provide personal attentive legal representation to your family in this time of need. Call 954-740-0502 to schedule your free consultation today. Attorney Jason Seidman is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.