If you are a parent whose child has been arrested, you are most likely upset and confused. You don’t want your child’s future to be compromised in any way. The good news is that Minnesota’s courts do focus on ensuring a better future for a juvenile offender by focusing on rehabilitation rather than just punishment. This is one reason why there are specific laws that apply to minors. These laws tell the courts to handle juvenile cases differently than adult cases.
At the Anderson Law Firm, PLLC, you will work with an experienced St. Paul criminal defense attorney who will review options with you, tell you everything that you need to know so informed decisions can be made, and let you know what to expect at every phase in the case.
Helping You And Your Child Through The Minnesota Juvenile Court System
Depending on the severity of the juvenile charge, a decision will be made as to which court the case will be tried in. It is possible for a juvenile to be tried as an adult if they commit what is considered an adult crime, such as murder. Since the penalties and consequences handed down in adult court will be adult level consequences, the juvenile would have to serve time in an adult prison. This is another reason why it is imperative to have a highly experienced attorney by your side.
Handling All Types Of Juvenile Crimes
We handle all types of juvenile crimes. While a child can commit any crime than an adult can, there are some that are more common than others. Those common types are:
- Theft and shoplifting
- Terroristic threats
- Probation violations
- Drug crimes
As stated before, juveniles can be charged with much more severe offenses because they do commit them and they are accused of them. Murder/homicide and sex offenses are among those that can automatically move a child’s case to the adult court system. However, it does depend on the severity of the crime and whether or not the child is at an age where they should know better than to commit the offense that they committed because of its extreme nature. Whether or not the child can handle the consequences is also looked at because, if they can handle the crime, it is presumed they can handle the consequences. Your attorney will work with you and the child every step of the way to make sure the best result is achieved no matter how severe the alleged crime.
Contact A Minneapolis & St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are the parent of a child who has been accused of a crime, one of the first things you need to do is call an attorney. By giving your child the representation that he or she deserves, you are taking a step toward preserving their future. While it may seem like the end of the road, it isn’t. To learn more about how the Anderson Law Firm, PLLC can help you and your child, call 612-332-3100 for a free consultation.