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Juvenile Offenses - Twin Cities Defense Lawyer

Don't let a child under 18 be branded as a criminal for life... We Can Help.

If a child under the age of 18 is accused of a crime, the case will begin in juvenile court. Juvenile courts have a number of goals including, but not limited to, rehabilitation of the child, as well as appropriate punishment for, and correction of, the child's behavior. Juveniles generally do not have the right to a jury trial unless they are tried as adults. The parents of any juvenile accused of a crime should contact an experienced attorney to discuss the case as soon as they are able to do so.

As a general rule, courts tend to be a bit more understanding and lenient with juvenile level offenses when compared to crimes allegedly committed by adults. This is because the courts have rehabilitation of the juvenile as a stated goal when a child is in court and accused of a crime.

I relate very well with juveniles and have a good record of success with representing teenagers in court. I find that I am particularly successful when:

  • The parents have reasonable expectations of what is an acceptable outcome,
  • The parents respect the judicial process, and
  • The parents are willing to help and support the juvenile as he or she completes any court ordered treatment by counselors and/or probation officers.
Call Attorney Richard Ohlenberg today if your teenager has an upcoming court date and needs an attorney who is understanding and who cares to help him or her get through the process of going to court and dealing with the case.