Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgetown
If you are a parent, don’t use the criminal justice system to teach your child a lesson. Criminal detention is not necessary for most children and can result in consequences you would never intend for your child.
At the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay in Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington, we provide free initial consultations to discuss representation for juvenile crimes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal Records
Juveniles accused of crimes are not entitled to jury trials. Instead, their cases are tried by a judge or commissioner, who has the power to make an adjudication of juvenile delinquency. The penalties can range from probation with counseling, to serving time in a juvenile detention center, to adult prison.
Most people think that juvenile records will go away when the child reaches age 18. However, this is not the case. Juvenile records will remain a part of your child’s criminal record unless they are expunged.
Keeping Your Child Out of the Criminal Justice System
The problem with the criminal justice system is that it tends to treat all children alike. It can also punish mistakes severely. For example, if your child commits a technical violation of probation while going through a state counseling program, he or she can end up back before a judge and face harsh consequences.
As your child’s lawyers, we can ensure that the focus remains on rehabilitation — not punishment. We can also seek to have your child’s arrest records expunged so his or her future is not damaged by past mistakes.
We have experience defending juveniles charged with all types of crimes, including:
- Underage drinking
- DUI/Drunk driving
- Drug charges such as possession of marijuana or cocaine
- Vandalism and criminal mischief
- Shoplifting and theft
If your child faces juvenile charges, We would like to meet with both you and your child in person to discuss your case. To schedule a free initial consultation at our Georgetown office, please call 302-855-9300, our Dover or Wilmington office, please call 302-697-2499 or contact us through email.