Juvenile defense is a specialty within the criminal defense field. Juvenile criminal charges are not petty – they have to be treated just as seriously as criminal charges in adult court. Juveniles face commitment to the Department of Youth Services in the cases of conviction, and particular care must be taken to protect young persons' criminal records.
Most importantly, adolescence is a developmental period, and the criminal justice system is no place for that development to occur. The Commonwealth provides an array of services that can help address developmental or behavioral issues if needed; that is not what the criminal justice system is good for.
Juvenile criminal charges have to be delicately handled, but aggressively defended. If your son or daughter is facing criminal charges, contact me now to set up a free consultation.