Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because your child is in “juvenile” court that his case won’t result in serious consequences. Depending on the offense, your child may be sentenced to a locked detention facility (juvenile jail) for up to two years. Any child between the ages of 10 and 17 years old may be charged with a crime. Many times a first offense may be dismissed after successful completion of a deferred sentence. However, the prosecutor in your child’s case may not be willing to offer a deferred sentence unless he/she is convinced to do so by an experienced defense attorney.
In certain circumstances, it is also possible that your child’s case may be dismissed without even having to plead guilty in court. Just because your child admitted to the crime, or was caught in the act, does not mean they should suffer the full consequences of their actions. If you believe your child may be involved in criminal activity, but has not yet been charged, it is important to know your child’s rights if there is a likelihood of police contact. Your child does not need to speak to the police if they are under investigation for a crime.