New Orleans Juvenile Crime Lawyer
As parents, we hope that our children will make good decisions as they get older. However, teenage rebellion often sets in, causing a once good-natured kid to test the waters and get in trouble with the law. Hearing that your child has been arrested can be one of the most devastating things a parent can hear. You may wonder: what happens next? How will your child’s future be affected?
The good news is that it’s highly unlikely your child will spend time in jail unless they committed a violent crime like murder. The aim of juvenile court is to rehabilitate rather than punish minors.
You need to seek proper representation in order to protect your child’s future. An experienced New Orleans juvenile crime lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm can help you get a favorable outcome. We will help you get your child back on the right path.
Common Juvenile Crimes
We can help defend your child if they have been accused of crimes such as:
- Drug possession or sale
- Underage drinking or DWI
- Sexual assault
- Weapon possession
- Violent crimes
At Palazzo Law Firm, we will work hard to defend your child and keep them out of jail. Our priority will be to find different solutions. Our criminal defense lawyers work hard to promote meaningful treatment options so your child will have the opportunity to thrive in the future.
Juvenile Crime Charges and Penalties
A juvenile crime is a crime committed by a minor between the ages of 10 and 17. Like adult crimes, juvenile crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. The difference is the penalties.
Due to their age, a minor will be tried as a minor instead of an adult most of the time. They likely won’t go to jail. Instead, the judge will impose other penalties for minors such as informal probation, treatment or counseling, placement in foster care, or enrollment in a juvenile offender school. The court may also order fines, community service, house arrest, or electronic monitoring, depending on the severity of the crime.
However, there are circumstances where it may not be required by law to charge a minor as an adult. In these cases, they may be sentenced to imprisonment. The maximum prison sentence for a juvenile can be up to life. A minor will be charged as an adult if they are over the age of 16 and commit a felony offense.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Young children and teens often make mistakes. However, a legal issue can follow them for the rest of their lives if they or their parents don’t take swift action. Get the help you need from Palazzo Law Firm. We can restore your child’s legal rights and help protect their future. Get started by scheduling a consultation with a New Orleans juvenile crime lawyer. Fill out the online form or call 504-433-1442.