Criminal Defense for Adults and Children
CRIMES AGAINST PEOPLE
Stalking and Harassment
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS
DUI / DWI Charges
Child in Need of Assistance
School Discipline Hearings
Suspensions and Expulsions
School Board Appeals
Description of Practice
An arrest and the prospect of being found guilty of a crime can be terrifying. It not only puts one's liberty at risk, but one's livelihood, as well. It may put into jeopardy a professional license. That is why we believe it is important to explain the criminal prosecution process and your rights. Options are often available at different stages of a prosecution. We make every effort to provide our clients with clear and unambiguous explanations of their rights and options.
The prosecution of a juvenile can be an even more complicated process. It involves not only the criminal justice system but state agencies such as The Department of Juvenile Services. A child who either admits to committing a crime or is found guilty following a trial (or, adjudication, as it is called by the juvenile statutes) may be placed on probation and ordered by the court to participate in treatment programs. This might include a referral to drug rehabilitation program, compliance with mandatory drug testing, participation in violence prevention classes and attendance at individual or family counseling sessions. A juvenile might be placed on house arrest and assigned to the community detention program with an electronic monitor. A juvenile may be permitted by the court to remain in the community, but custody of the child, the right to make decisions regarding his or her health and well being, my be taken from the parent and temporarily placed with the Department of Juvenile Services.
In situations where the juvenile has had a number of contacts with the courts or is found responsible for the commission of a serious felony, her or she may even be at risk for placement in a juvenile detention facility. Many juveniles are placed in out-of-state facilities. In some cases, the State's Attorney may attempt to persuade the juvenile division of the circuit court to waive its "exclusive" jurisdiction over a juvenile under the age of 18 and prosecute the child in the adult criminal justice system.
If you are facing criminal charges, whether you are an adult or a juvenile, we can represent you.
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