We understand how frightening it can be if your child is accused of committing a crime. Fears abound as parents ask: What does the legal process for juvenile crimes entail? What punishment will my child face? How will this affect his or her future?
Juvenile crimes are handled differently in different regions, and it is important to hire an attorney who has many years of experience navigating the Clark County Juvenile Justice System. Our firm will fight to protect your son or daughter, and your family, through this situation.
We have represented individuals of all ages, in different types of crimes, including:
We have the expertise to properly defend your son or daughter and we will make every effort to ensure that they are treated fairly.
Age as a Factor
In Nevada, and in most states, a child under 18 who commits a crime will be tried in juvenile court. There are some instances in which youth are tried as adults, depending on the nature of the crime, as well as past criminal history. Until the age of 21, a child remains under juvenile court jurisdiction if the alleged crime was committed prior to their 18th birthday.
Young children may be exempt from punishment, depending on the nature of the crime and other factors. During your consultation, we will explain the circumstances of the alleged act and discuss any past criminal allegations with you and your child.
The juvenile justice system can be very complicated, but we know how to effectively navigate the system so that your family can put this experience behind you.
Your Child’s Future
There are a wide range of punishment options that the court may deem appropriate, should your child be found guilty of a criminal act. We will discuss possible sentencing scenarios with you, which could include verbal warnings, fines, psychological treatment, a supervised living situation or custody change, or placement in a juvenile detention facility.
Another major concern for parents is how their child’s criminal record will affect their future. There are procedures in place for sealing or expunging these records, so that you can protect your child’s privacy. We can explain these options to you. The juvenile justice system can be very complicated, but we know how to effectively navigate the system so that your family can put this experience behind you.
It is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible, since legal proceedings in a juvenile case must begin within a short time frame after the alleged act is committed. We understand how devastating it can be when your child is accused of a crime, and we want to give you the reassurance of knowing that your child is in good hands. We also want to protect your rights as a parent. Our expertise, experience, and genuine concern for the well-being and future of your child and your family is what sets us apart. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
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