If so, you are probably concerned about his or her future. Chances are you wonder if being charged with a criminal offense in juvenile court will appear on your son's or daughter's permanent record. Will a criminal record hinder his or her ability to get a job or get accepted to a good university?
The answer to these questions is simply yes. A juvenile conviction could prevent a child's ability to qualify for scholarships or college, lead to expulsion from school and generally result in hardship for the entire family. For this reason, the Garza Law Firm PLLC will fight vigorously to protect your child's present and future. The last thing your son or daughter needs is a conviction that may impact the rest of his or her life.
Most Kids Are Good Kids Caught In A Bad Situation
Whenever a child is convicted of a criminal offense, his or her future could be in serious jeopardy. This is why we are such strong believers in giving children a second chance. A lot of youngsters are not fully aware of the consequences of their actions and do not deserve hard sentences. We have seen cases where a child has a learning disability or impulse control problems like ADHD or ADD, and really just need medication or a good psychologist.
However, the juvenile justice system can become extremely aggressive with your youngster and attempt to take them away until they turn 18, or sometimes considerably longer. It's common for sentencing to include counseling in addition to detention in a youth facility like a boot camp, juvenile detention center or youth authority facility.
We Will Aggressively Defend Your Child's Rights And Future
These consequences, along with the unique laws involved with juvenile criminal acts, mean you need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side, one who will attempt to get the charges reduced or dropped. Doing so is absolutely vital to protecting your child's future.
At the Garza Law Firm PLLC, we handle the following types of juvenile cases:
- Traffic violations — Driving without a driver's license, speeding, reckless driving, driving without insurance, DUI/DWI and possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle
- Theft and property crimes — Larceny, shoplifting, burglary, robbery, criminal mischief, vandalism, graffiti, destruction of property, arson and trespassing
- Drug charges — Drug possession, possession with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug distribution, drug manufacturing and cultivation
- Assault — Fighting on school grounds, assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon
- College students charged with crimes — sexual assault, rape, drug possession, theft, burglary and vandalism
- Serious juvenile offenses (SJO) — Certain serious felony charges carrying possible extended commitment terms, if convicted
Our juvenile criminal defense lawyers have handled hundreds of juvenile court matters for families throughout Eastern Tennessee. Call our office in Knoxville at 865-329-6982 or 866-893-8413 toll free to schedule a consultation.