Is your child facing a juvenile crime charge?
Juvenile crimes refer to any crime committed by a minor (a person under the age of 18). These cases are usually tried in juvenile court, but for certain serious crimes committed by minors over 14 years old, the state may decide to try the minor as an adult, where they face the same penalties an adult.
When we are young, we make mistakes. We do not always have the knowledge and experience necessary to make the right decision and are often impressionable; therefore doing something that we may never consider doing as an adult. Some of these mistakes, influenced by peer pressure, may result in the arrest of your child. By consulting with a qualified criminal defense attorney, your son or daughter has the chance to learn from their mistakes instead of facing harsh and unfair punishment that can be devastating and life changing. Without proper legal representation, young people can face struggles that can limit their opportunities in education and business, or can have long-term negative effects on their relationships. The criminal defense attorneys, at The Bendinelli Law Firm, have experience in defending juvenile cases and are familiar with the Colorado juvenile court system
Juvenile Crimes in the Denver Metro Area
If your child is facing a juvenile crime charge in Colorado, there are some things you should know about the proceedings you may face. Juvenile offenses are typically divided into two categories.
Status offenses – these are minor offenses that involve actions that are illegal due to the minor’s age, such as:
- Driving without a license
- Possessing / consuming alcohol.
Delinquency crimes – these are offenses which are crimes no matter the age of the offender, such as:
- Robbery or theft
- Destruction of property
- Assault or battery
- Sexual assault
- Drug crimes
In juvenile court, there is no jury to decide the fate of your child. A judge or commissioner will decide guilt or innocence as well as the sentence, which may include probation, payment of damages caused, community service, halfway house or foster care, or a secure facility (“lock up” or “juvenile hall”). Don’t allow your child to be tried as an adult, and don’t let him or her be found guilty and penalized excessively just because of an overly enthusiastic prosecutor. Work with a lawyer who can prove your side of the story and help your child.
Has your child been accused of a juvenile crime? Call us today at (303) 940-9900 to schedule a free consultation!