Important Juvenile Facts

Understanding juvenile defense can be difficult if you are new to the process. Consider these ten tips to build a solid juvenile defense and navigate the juvenile system.

  1. Juvenile court is where they prosecute minors (those under the age of 18).
  2. Sometimes children are tried in adult court. This can happen for some 16 and 17 year olds, depending on their situation.
  3. In juvenile court you are not entitled to a jury, only a judge hears the case.
  4. There is no requirement for bail in juvenile court, which means your child could be detained in a detention center while the case is pending.
  5. The victims in your case will be told about what is happening with the case, even though the case is supposed to be sealed.
  6. Juvenile results can impact your child’s education.
  7. You are entitled to have an attorney for your child.
  8. If a parent is the victim, the court may appoint a non family member as guardian of the child for court purposes. Sometimes this is another attorney trained in juvenile guardianship.
  9. The adult laws are the same for juvenile court, but the potential penalties are different.
  10. The sooner you get a lawyer involved in a juvenile defense, the sooner the lawyer can contact the state’s advocate, who will be “prosecuting” you child. It is possible to talk to the state even before your child’s court date.

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