Juvenile Delinquency Defense Lawyer in Westchester County
A Client-Focused Family & Criminal Law Firm
If a minor is convicted, it can have major repercussions on their future. Even though New York courts are more tolerant of juvenile offenders than adult offenders, this doesn’t mean the effects of the charge won’t have major impacts on your child’s prospects. To ensure your child is protected, get in touch with our skilled legal team.
At Riebling & Payton, PLLC we have decades of experience successfully winning cases involving juvenile defense issues. We understand the confusion people face when going through the court system, and this understanding is what drives our devotion to our clients. We work tirelessly to thoroughly investigate all allegations and evidence, so you have the best chance at a positive outcome.
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New York State Juvenile Court Vs. Criminal Court
According to New York Courts, if your child is under the age of 17 and is caught committing a criminal act, they will most likely be charged in a family court. Almost all juvenile delinquent cases are heard in a family court, not a criminal court. For this reason, it is not referred to as a crime, but rather a delinquent act. The term “delinquent act” is seen as a less serious offense and focuses more on rehabilitation than punishment.
Because most juvenile cases are heard under the New York Family Court System, the main point of the hearing will be fact-finding rather than opposing prosecution. The respondent’s attorney can cross-examine witnesses for further evidence. If the assigned agency can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, the judge will make a “finding” stating the respondent has committed an act described in the petition. The judge may also dismiss the petition if the case has not yet been proven.
How Are Minors Prosecuted?
In addition to possible jail or rehabilitation programs, your child may face hefty fines and probation sentences if convicted. The state of New York believes that any minor who willingly commits a crime or breaks the law should be punished. However, this punishment should not have altering consequences that can last beyond their youth. Rather, the consequences should be rehabilitative in nature and offer the juvenile with opportunities to reform.
At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, we can let you know what your best options are and what type of punishment to expect for your child.
Protecting Your Child’s Rights
The earlier you contact an attorney, the better your chances of a favorable resolution. If your child is found responsible for a juvenile offense, the information will be visible in court records and it can affect your child’s chances of getting into college and/or landing a job in the future. We believe that young people make mistakes and should not suffer consequences that can affect their adulthood. Get in touch with our experienced juvenile delinquency lawyer today, and we will work together toward a positive result for you and your child.