Although most juvenile crimes are similar to those for adult offenders, the penalties and laws associated with juvenile crimes are substantially different. Two of the most significant differences are that juveniles are not entitled to a trial by jury nor are they allowed to be released on bail. A juvenile offender is anyone between the ages of ten and seventeen.
Juvenile crimes can be either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the severity of the crime. In some cases, particularly those involving violence, sexual crime, crime on school campus, or other factors such as gang enhancements or use of weapons, the juvenile offender will be charged as an adult and subject to adult penalties.
When a juvenile is convicted of a crime, not only does the entire family suffer, but the child's future is severely jeopardized. That is why we are such strong believers in giving kids a second chance. Many children are not fully aware of the magnitude of their actions and don't deserve tough sentences. Some even have learning disabilities and impulse control problems like A.D.HD. or A.D.D. and really just need medication or a good therapist. However the "tough on crime" juvenile justice system may become overly aggressive with your child and attempt to take them away until they turn 18 or sometimes much longer. It is not unusual for sentencing to include counseling, detention in a youth facility such as a boot camp, juvenile hall, or youth authority facility. Because of these possibilities, as well as the special laws involved with juvenile offenses, having a attorney there to fight back and attempt to get the charges dropped or reduced is absolutely essential. The Taylor Law Offices can help with the following crimes related to juveniles:
In addition to the above juvenile crimes and other charges that are similar to adult offenses, truancy, curfew violations, and running away are all juvenile offenses that can only be committed by a minor. Legal assistance is needed to make sure the juvenile's rights are strongly upheld and that he or she does not allow a mistake that was made as a youth to haunt them later when it comes to college and employment.
With offices just west of downtown Des Moines, our offices are open during weekly business hours. Representing families throughout Iowa, we will visit clients who are unable to make it to our office. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.