When your child receives a juvenile delinquency charge in district court, the procedures and rules are different than an adult criminal case. If an attorney does not have experience representing children in juvenile delinquency cases, he or she will not be able to effectively represent your child. For example, juvenile delinquency cases have different sentencing options than adult cases. Knowing about the different sentencing options can result in a better outcome for your child.
Juvenile delinquency cases are also designed to move more quickly through the court process to ensure that a child is not dealing with a case for an extended period of time. For example, if a child wishes to set his/her case for trial before a judge, the child is entitled to a speedy trial within 60 days of a not guilty plea. In adult cases, you are entitled to a trial within 6 months of a not guilty plea.