One of the hardest experiences you and your family can face is if one of the children in the family is charged with a criminal offense. Different laws apply to minors, so it is important to become acquainted with the specifics of the charge. The Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Procedure govern criminal matters relating to juveniles (individuals younger than 18 years old).
Special court procedures are created to handle children who break the law, from being out after curfew to charges of murder. Depending on the severity of the charge, the case can be brought to either criminal court or juvenile court.
If the child is charged in juvenile court, the parent will typically be served a Delinquency Petition, which tells of the charges. In some cases, the juvenile may be detained until the hearing date. In juvenile court, the child is only entitled to a trial by judge and not trial by jury. For that reason, it is essential to retain the legal services of an experienced and devoted criminal defense attorney.
At Neve Webb, PLLC, we are ready to fight for your child. We can guide you, as a parent, through court proceedings and offer advice on how to proceed, how to behave in juvenile court, and whether to plead innocent or guilty.
Our Edina juvenile criminal defense attorney is well versed in the legal procedures for both adults and children. We can provide you and your child with the best legal guidance available and will remain at your side through each step. We also know what resources are available to children who have been charged with a crime.
Even if a felony offense can be negotiated down to a lesser charged, the juvenile will still have a public record that can impact his or her life. Our firm can work to restore the juvenile’s confidentiality and protect them from repercussions resulting from being in the public eye. We have experience handling juvenile offenses of all types, including:
Whatever juvenile charge your child faces, it will be our firm’s goal to best protect his or her future. We can protect your child’s legal interests and work toward the best possible solution. Call our firm today for help avoiding the legal snares of the juvenile court system!