Juvenile Crime Lawyer in Gillette
When your child has been arrested, you should not waste any time before hiring a Campbell County criminal defense attorney. Protecting your child's future is our top priority at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., where we have represented juveniles against a wide range of charges.
Your child faces many penalties if convicted of a crime. Worse, a juvenile crime is not automatically sealed when someone turns 18. This means one mistake or false conviction can impact your child for the rest of his or her life.
In Wyoming, a crime that has been committed by someone under the age of 19 is considered a juvenile crime. Generally, children under 7 are not prosecuted for breaking the law. Most offenses will be tried in juvenile court, although there are some exceptions if the minor is a repeat offender or the crime is rape or murder. The common crimes committed by juveniles include:
Minors arrested and charged with crimes have rights, including the right to an attorney, the right to notice of the charges laid against them, the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses, and the right against self-incrimination. The court is required to inform your child of these rights. Serious consequences come with a conviction, including detention time, probation, incarceration, fines, a permanent criminal record, or being removed from the home and being placed into foster care or a treatment facility.
Juvenile court cases are heard in a closed courtroom. The name of the accused, the alleged charges, and the outcome of the case will not be public knowledge. Often, after a child turns 21, his juvenile record will be sealed and not available to the public, although this is not always the case.
Being tried in juvenile court is a serious matter. However, it is more desirable than being tried as an adult.
In Wyoming, judges have discretion to try a minor as an adult. In addition, any party can make a motion prior to the adjudicatory hearing that the minor be tried as an adult. In some cases, the prosecution may decide to try a juvenile in adult court, especially when a child over the age of 17 has committed a felony. When a minor has reached the age of 14 and committed a violent crime, the prosecution may also decide to try the child as an adult, particularly if the child has previous juvenile charges.
If this is your child's first offense, or your child has a history of contributing to the community, we may be able to use this information to keep them out of jail. We know the most effective ways to appeal to judges in juvenile court, such as showing evidence that your child would be a bigger asset to the community if not incarcerated.
Your child may also qualify for rehabilitation programs, depending on the charges. Our Gillette juvenile defense attorney can meet with you to discuss your child's options during a free consultation.
If your child has been arrested, contact Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., today at (307) 257-7800. Wyoming does not always go easier on juveniles, and time is of the essence in these cases. Contact us right away so we can start investigating the charges and building a defense to protect your child’s future.
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