Thursday, September 4, 2014

Should We Hire a Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney?

If there is one thing I know, personally, is that everyone makes mistakes—especially young ones. 

One thing to be careful about: children and teenagers involved in criminal activity are prone to long-lasting penalties that could impact the rest of their lives. As and experienced Minnesota Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney, I can help provide the support - legal and otherwise to your child and your family - and make sure the potential penalties don’t damage the future.  

What to Expect

Minnesota law defines a "juvenile" as a person between the ages of 10 and 17. When a juvenile commits a crime, the laws, procedures and the consequences are different than they are for adult criminals. For example, juveniles are not entitled to a jury trial or bail release.

Some of the most common juvenile crimes in Minnesota are:

  • Alcohol Violations Involving Minors
  • Drunk driving - "Not a Drop"
  • Speeding, careless/reckless driving, and texting while driving
  • Shoplifting/theft
  • Employee theft
  • Drug possession
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Disorderly conduct
Juvenile crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies ---  depending on the circumstances surrounding the crimes. In the most serious cases, the juvenile offender can be charged and punished as an adult and even sent to prison.

Many children don’t deserve harsh sentences because they are often unaware of the consequences of their actions. Common punishments for juvenile offenders include counseling and detention in a youth facility or juvenile hall. Having a criminal attorney to fight against the prosecution and keep the charges to a minimum is a must.

How to "Win" the Case

The offender’s age, criminal history, and the circumstances surrounding the crime determine a consequence.  However, unlike criminal court, the intention is more focused on rehabilitation.  Therefore, if we work together ... getting "help" before the judge makes his order, we can work to keep the ultimate consequences to a minimum ... keeping the individual's future path free of the "clutter" these wrong-doings could cause.  


A Minnesota Juvenile Defense Attorney can ensure that a juvenile’s rights are not violated, and that they receive the support they need to grow.  Call the Rolloff Law Office today, to set up a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165.  

1 comment:

  1. I think that it is always a good idea to hire a criminal defense lawyer when it comes to criminal offensives. Having a good lawyer can have a big impact on the out come of a case. They can come up with legal strategy that will help your case. Thanks for sharing this information.

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