Thursday, November 7, 2013

Minneapolis Juvenile Offenses (Explained)

If you have a child who has been arrested, you are most likely upset and confused - true?  I am sure you don’t want that child’s future to be compromised in any way. 

In all of this "bad" there is good news --- Minnesota’s courts actually focus on ensuring a better future for a juvenile offender by looking toward resolutions that include rehabilitation rather than just punishment. This is one reason why there are specific laws that apply to minors. These laws tell the courts to handle juvenile cases differently than adult cases.

An experienced Minnesota Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney, can help you review your options, explain everything that you need to know  --- so that any decision you need to make are ones where you are fully informed.

What Can an Attorney Do?

Depending on the severity of the juvenile charge, a decision will be made as to which court the case will be tried in. It is possible for a juvenile to be tried as an adult if they commit what is considered an adult crime, such as murder. Since the penalties and consequences handed down in adult court will be adult level consequences, the juvenile would have to serve time in an adult prison. This is another reason why it is imperative to have a highly experienced attorney by your side.

What Kinds of Cases?

The Rolloff Law Office handles all types of juvenile crimes. While a child can commit any crime that an adult can, there are some that are more common than others. Those common types are:

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • Terroristic threats
  • Probation violations
  • DWI
  • Drug crimes

As stated before, juveniles can be charged with much more severe offenses because they do commit them and they are accused of them. Murder/homicide and sex offenses are among those that can automatically move a child’s case to the adult court system. However, it does depend on the severity of the crime and whether or not the child is at an age where they should know better than to commit the offense that they committed because of its extreme nature. Whether or not the child can handle the consequences is also looked at because, if they can handle the crime, it is presumed they can handle the consequences. Your attorney will work with you and the child every step of the way to make sure the best result is achieved no matter how severe the alleged crime.

If you are the parent of a child who has been accused of a crime, one of the first things you should do is call an attorney. Getting a representative for your child --- you are taking a step toward preserving their future. And, while it may seem like the end of the road --- let me show you that it isn't,  To learn more about how the Rolloff Law Office can help you and your child, call (612) 234-1165 and set up a free consultation.

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