Hire a Juvenile Crimes Attorney Who Can Protect Your Child
The human brain is not fully matured until a person is around 25 years old. The simple fact is that children, adolescents, and even young adults make mistakes. They take actions that put others at risk, they act impulsively, and they do not always think through their actions. Should they pay for the rest of their life for a mistake they made with they were 15 years old? We don’t think so.
When your child’s future is in question, you need a juvenile crimes attorney who has experience. You need an attorney who will fight for the rights of your child. You need Simmons Wagner, LLP. Call us now at (949) 439-5857 to request a consultation and find out how we can help your child.
There is Good News
While the situation may seem bleak, there is good news: the juvenile justice system was designed not to punish but to rehabilitate. As a result, there are often more lenient judges, more creative sentencing options, and fewer harsh incarcerations that come out of juvenile courts. The bad news is that there are plenty of exceptions to this rule. That is why you need the best attorney you can find.
We Can Assist with All Types of Juvenile Crimes
We have the necessary skills, experience, and resources to help your child move forward with their life. We can help with these and other types of cases:
- Kids have always gotten into fights, but in recent years children have been increasingly charged with a crime for a simple school yard altercation. Assault does not even have to involve physically harming someone – just the threat of harming someone is enough to get arrested for this crime.
- If the fight does get physical, then battery could result. This can apply even if no one was hurt. Simply pushing someone who was bullying them could result in a kid getting charged with battery.
- There is no other way to put it: teens can be dramatic. They might just be venting, and this can unfortunately lead to charges of criminal threats.
- Underage DUI. If a person is under the age of 21 and they drive with any amount of alcohol in their system, they could be charged with and convicted of a DUI. This can prevent them from getting their license for many years to come. They could also face civil penalties and criminal punishment. We can help find the right defense option.
- Bullying has been taken more seriously at schools around the country in recent years. That is good news on the surface, but the downside is that sometimes kids are charged with and convicted of bullying for not much of anything. We can help advocate for your child both in the court system and in your child’s school discipline hearings.
- Whether smashing a window, egging a car, or graffitiing someone else’s property, vandalism is not something to be proud of but it should also not come with a four-year prison sentence. If your child is convicted, they could lose their driving privileges for a year. We can work to fight this.
- Drug crimes. With the recent opioid epidemic, drug crimes have been taken very seriously. If your child is caught with drugs, it is important that they get help – not punishment.
- If a person under the age of 18 takes a nude photo of themselves and sends it to someone else, the person who took their own picture can be charged with distributing child pornography. It seems harsh to punish someone in a court of law for sending these pictures and we will fight to prevent this.
- Sealing juvenile records. Many people assume that a juvenile record is automatically sealed when a child turns 18. This is not always the case. Crimes and arrests could still show up on their adult record so it is important to make sure their records are sealed. Failing to do so can result in difficulty getting a job, getting into college, and finding a place to live.
- Assistance at school hearings. Has your child been suspended or expelled from their school due to their behavior? We can provide the support and resources you need to be sure that the hearing is impartial and fair for your child.
- High school student crime. The closer a high school kid gets to the age of 18, the more likely it is that they will be charged as an adult if they commit a crime. We will work to keep your child’s case in the juvenile system.
Has your child been charged with something you do not see listed? Call Simmons Wagner, LLP at (949) 439-5857 to find out how we can help.
The Juvenile Crimes Systems Can Be Confusing but We Are Here to Help You Through It
There is no question that the criminal justice system can be confusing – and this is doubly true when it comes to the juvenile court system. It has its own unique rules, language, and procedures. You need an attorney who has the experience to walk you through this and find the best way forward. You need Simmons Wagner, LLP. Call our offices now at (949) 439-5857 to request a consultation.