Many people believe crimes committed during adolescence don’t count because they will be erased when you turn eighteen. This is not true. Juveniles can be charged with any crime an adult can, and can at times be tried as an adult. And crimes committed before you turn eighteen are serious matters and can have long-term repercussions. Here are a few of the possible repercussions:
- Time spent in juvenile detention
- Increased jail time if convicted of a crime as an adult
- Penalties such as money restitution and community service
- Decreased job opportunities
- Removal of custody from family to the State
- Embarrassment from someone discovering criminal charges
In light of this, you should treat juvenile criminal charges just like you would adult criminal charges. Moreover, because juvenile court has different procedures than adult court, you should find an attorney with juvenile court experience. Please, do not treat juvenile criminal charges lightly; the State will not.
One last thing: juvenile crimes are not erased when one turns eighteen. You will need to petition a court to expunge records concerning your crimes, otherwise people will be able to view those records.
Juvenile Charges? Contact Brown Law.
Brown Law is experienced in defending juvenile clients. We are sensitive to the special circumstances surrounding these types of crimes, and will afford you the professional and personal service you deserve. Call for your free initial consultation: 801.685.9999 or 800.299.1016.