Juvenile Crimes And Family Court Delinquency Matters

When a juvenile gets into trouble with the law in New York, the rules and procedures can vary greatly from adult crimes. A juvenile defense lawyer needs to be well-versed in all aspects of juvenile delinquency and adult criminal rules to fully guard your child's rights.

Most juvenile offenses are handled in family court. The juvenile justice system has authority to hear cases against children between the ages of 7 and 16 (with the possibility of extended jurisdiction up to the age of 20 if the offense occurred before the child reached the age of 16). If a child under the age of 16 is accused of a crime, such as underage drinking, the case is submitted to a family court judge without a jury.

However, more serious and violent offenses may be filed in adult court. The prosecuting authority often has discretion in these more serious cases to file adult criminal charges in Supreme Court against a child as young as 13 for designated offenses, including murder.

Zealous Juvenile Defense Representation From A Trial-Tested Defense Lawyer

Leo V. Duval, Attorney at Law, based in Staten Island, New York, is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. He will guide you and your child through the complex rules and procedures tied to juvenile offenses. Your child's best interests — and future — are paramount. The ultimate goal in every case is to obtain the most favorable outcome possible, including dismissal, acquittal or alternative options to minimize the damage of a juvenile offense.

Whether your child is being tried as an adult in Supreme Court or as a juvenile offender in family court, the lawyer you choose can make a significant difference in the outcome of the case.

While many parents believe that a juvenile offense has less impact, an adjudication of delinquency in family court or a finding of guilt in adult court can have adverse effects upon a child well into the future. Beyond the short-term potential for detention, a juvenile can face difficulties passing background checks for future academic, military or job opportunities, depending on the final outcome of the case.

Turn To The Experience Of An Accomplished Lawyer To Guard The Rights Of Your Child

For an aggressive defense to juvenile charges, contact Leo V. Duval online or call 347-690-1777. Attorney Duval regularly makes arrangements to meet clients in Staten Island and Brooklyn and across New York. Reasonable payment plans are available. Initial consultations are always complimentary.