Any young person charged with a crime needs the representation of an attorney who understands the unique nuances of juvenile proceedings as well as the significance of the potential consequences for the juvenile charged. Studies have shown that juveniles charged with crimes exhibit decreased academic performance, an increased likelihood for dropping out of school, difficulty obtaining employment and entrance into college, and is at an increased risk for repeating offenses and lifelong consequences. These situations require the attention of an attorney sensitive to the needs, challenge,s and risks of a youthful defendant.
When someone under the age of eighteen is charged with a crime or faces a delinquency hearing, we will demand that the authorities take a balanced and reasonable approach to the matter. Juvenile offense proceedings are designed to take into consideration the age of the defendant and sentencing is supposed to be focused on rehabilitation, not punishment.