Juveniles can experience serious consequences that last beyond the age of adolescence when it comes to juvenile offenses. When such a case rises, it’s important to seek guidance and consult from an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your child. Jeffery Hammond is here for all your legal needs. If your loved one is being investigated for a serious crime it can cause a lot of stress and high emotions. With Jeffrey Hammond, you can be at ease knowing that he will fight for you and your child every step of the way.
A juvenile can be charged with any criminal offense that an adult can be charged with, from misdemeanor vandalism to first degree residential burglary. It is important to know that because juveniles are minors, the court proceedings are considered civil rather than criminal in nature. A juvenile can remain on probation even after the age of 18, as the juvenile court has the discretion to extend their jurisdiction over the ex-minor until the age of 21. After the age of 18, the ex-minor’s record can be sealed and charges can then be dismissed.
It is important to know the difference between both court systems to better understand the proceedings that will ensue in the weeks during and after your child goes to court – this is where a criminal defense attorney can help you. The juvenile courts are designed to rehabilitate, educate and counsel minors, while adult criminal courts punish people for the crimes that they have committed. Due to the fact that they each focus on different outcomes, there is a different process for each system. To find out more about the different ways these procedures differ please feel free to call our offices today 707-226-6987
Criminal attorney Jeffrey E. Hammond has years of experience as a juvenile court lawyer who has represented thousands of juveniles and appears in court every week. He understands juvenile court rules and procedures, and is familiar with both the prosecutors and judges. If you or a loved one are under investigation, or have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, contact our office immediately at 707-226-6987 to have criminal attorney Jeffrey Hammond review your case and answer any questions that you may have. Time is of the essence to have the best potential for minimizing penalties or juvenile hall time.