Because juveniles are increasingly committing more serious crimes, the state is more frequently seeking to have juvenile offenders certified as adults to be tried in the District Court in an effort to seek convictions fitting the crime or crimes committed.
At White & Matern, PLLC we represent minors charged with juvenile crimes ranging from violations to misdemeanors and felonies.
Juveniles May Be Charged With Serious Crimes
Some of the crimes for which we represent juveniles include:
- Armed robbery
- Aggravated assault
- Drug crimes such as distribution/sale of drugs
- Rape and statutory rape
The primary goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate the minor. If your child is certified as an adult, however, he or she can be tried as an adult instead of a juvenile. The penalties are more serious in the adult criminal justice system, including jail or prison time. In addition, if convicted, your child will likely have a criminal record for the rest of his or her life.
Many people mistakenly believe that there is no need for a lawyer in juvenile crimes cases. Without representation, however, your child’s future is in the hands of a judge and a prosecutor. You need an attorney to protect your child’s rights and advocate for his or her freedom. Depending on the charge, we may argue for rehabilitation, probation or community service instead of detention or incarceration.
Contact a Defense Attorney Experienced with Juvenile Crimes
If your child has been charged with a crime, it is important to clear their name before it affects their future. Salt Lake City defense lawyer Daniel Matern understands the seriousness of these charges. He and his legal staff are committed to protecting the rights of juveniles to ensure they have a bright future. To schedule a free consultation, please call 801-266-4114.