Queens Juvenile Crime Attorney
Defending Children Against Criminal Charges in Queens
Children are just as capable of making mistakes and of lapses in judgment as adults. Usually young people don't stop to think of the consequences they could face in giving in to peer pressure or engaging in reckless behavior. Sadly a onetime mistake can mean long months or years of incarceration and supervision. For older teens who are still minors, a serious or violent crime could mean prosecution as an adult and the same severe sentencing that an adult would receive if convicted. When your child has been arrested for or accused of criminal behavior a criminal defense attorney with years of experience in the juvenile justice system can explain the process and assess the case for you.
Understanding the Juvenile Court System
Juvenile crimes include shoplifting, petit theft, drug crimes, DWI, gang-related offenses, sex crimes, and violent crimes such as assault and battery, manslaughter and murder. Representing young defendants in juvenile court is very different from the justice system for adults. Prosecutors often argue that a minor should be tried as an adult. Since the juvenile court views young offenders differently and leans toward education and rehabilitation, it is important to fight to keep a minor in the juvenile system.
An additional advantage is the process of expungement which is available to a young offender concerning a number of juvenile offenses and which allows a young person to start fresh with a clean slate. An established juvenile crime defense lawyer at our firm has a successful record of protecting the rights of minors while also working toward getting charges dropped or reduced.
Has your child been charged with an offense?
Our firm believes that childhood is a time of learning. Juveniles who make mistakes should be allowed to profit from those mistakes by learning increased responsibility and thoughtfulness. A criminal defense lawyer from Musa-Obregon & Associates can work tirelessly to pursue a positive resolution for your child criminal charges.