Westchester County Juvenile Delinquency
Criminal Defense Attorneys in White Plains & Peekskill
If your child has committed some act that violates the law and is between the ages 7 to 15 years old he or she has entered the criminal justice system as a juvenile delinquent. Juvenile delinquency can have a number of negative implications for your child’s future, especially if you fail to hire an experienced legal advocate to defend their future.
Most of the proceedings are deemed to be rehabilitative in nature but there can be several collateral consequences, in addition to interaction with police officers and the Family Court, including disciplinary proceedings at school (detention, suspension and/or expulsion are examples), CPS/ACS investigations that involve both the child and the parents/caregivers and possible exposure to criminal prosecution or Family Court action for the parent/caregiver. Every child and parent’s situation is different and our office knows that protecting the child and the family is paramount in the scope of our representation.
We have the resources to not only defend the case but we can also offer suggestions to the family if additional help is needed such as counseling.
At Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP, our attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of children accused of a juvenile crime. We have more than 65 years of combined experience working in the legal field and our founding attorney has co-authored national bestsellers on DWI and general criminal defense. Our firm understands the importance of each case and we strive to build your defense through innovative legal methods in order to preserve your child’s future.
Call (914) 840-5104 for a free consultation with our criminal defense lawyers.
About Juvenile Crime
Anyone under the age of 16 who is accused of a crime or arrested may face penalties under the juvenile justice system including the New York Family Court. Unlike the adult justice system, juvenile court aims to rehabilitate children caught doing wrong rather than dole out unnecessarily harsh punishments. That being said, it is very important to defend your child’s rights and future.
Our juvenile defense attorneys can work with you and your family to evaluate the details of your case, the charges, previous criminal record and any other additional factors. In some cases involving older children or particularly serious crimes, the juvenile may be charged as an adult. In these cases, our firm can work with you to build a strong case and portray your child’s case in the best possible light.
Common juvenile crimes include:
- Underage drinking
- Traffic violations
- Drug possession
- Curfew violations
- Fake ID
- Sexual misconduct
Let Our Skilled Attorneys Defend Your Child
The penalties for juvenile crimes vary depending on the age of your child, the severity of the crime, and whether or not the child has a juvenile record. Consequences under the juvenile justice system may include juvenile detention, mandatory counseling, driver’s license revocation, house arrest, probation, or community service.
Going through the legal complexities of a juvenile crime can be very difficult, which is why it is so important to have a good attorney on your side. Our lawyers can explain the process of your case, prepare you for hearings, review pertinent legal documents, gather necessary evidence, and provide representation in court if necessary.
To speak with one of our attorneys, contact Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP and schedule your free consultation.