Kids will be kids right? Unfortunately, the poor decisions teens are prone to make in life can have significant repercussions if they involve criminal activity, or juvenile offenses. When juveniles cross the line and commit serious offenses that violate the law, the consequences can be real and life changing. When you get that dreaded call in the middle of the night from the police saying they have your child under arrest, having experienced legal representation can help make the difference between a lifetime of reoffending and a lesson learned, and a young life turned around.
The juvenile justice system in Colorado is separate from the adult system, and for good reason. Juvenile court is a division of the district court which exercises original jurisdiction over children with matters set forth in the Colorado Children’s Code. A juvenile is a child under the age of 18.
Juvenile crimes come with different penalties, but some still include incarceration. The goal of this system is restorative rather than punitive. The juvenile justice system works to uncover the reasons behind the crime and then get the individual help and support to avoid additional arrests and help the child turn it around and live a better life going forward. For example, a teenager deemed to have an illegal substance abuse issue or mental health condition that lead to the commission of the crime may be eligible for specific probation programs designed to rehabilitate not simply punish.
Facing an arrest or charges can be very stressful and confusing for the child and the rest of the family. You need to gather as much information as possible and ask a lot of questions. This is where having a criminal defense attorney like Jeremy Loew at your side is so important. He can offer a calming influence in an otherwise tense situation, and he knows what questions to ask and what information is critical to gather. Then he can help you decide the best course of action for your child.
Most juvenile crimes consist of vandalism and trespassing, burglary and larceny, shoplifting, DUI and drug offenses, and underage drinking. Unfortunately, juvenile crime is on the rise and so are the chances that juveniles are also becoming the victims of crimes.
Your child has their entire life ahead. Emotions will run high during this time, but it is important to never give up on them no matter what the charge. Jeremy Loew can help make sure your child’s voice is heard and they are rigorously defended so you can obtain justice.
By Jeremy Loew