Facing Juvenile Criminal Charges & Family Court Offenses in New York?

Seeking Immediate Counsel from a State Defense Lawyer is Imperative

The earlier you receive expert counsel, the more likely your matter will end favorably. If you’re facing prosecution, contact us immediately.

Juvenile Criminal Charges & Family Court Offenses in New York

When juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 17, are charged with criminal offenses in New York, their cases may be handled by a family court or criminal court depending on the specific charges filed.

After a child is brought to court, a probation officer will conduct an initial interview. If the probation officer decides not to file formal charges, the child will be released. If charges are filed, there will be an initial hearing before a family court judge who will decide if the child will be released while the case is pending.

If defended correctly, teenagers charged with serious crimes can nonetheless avoid a permanent criminal record, or can be adjudicated as a youthful offender, which will benefit them in the future when they apply for school, jobs, or if subsequent legal issues arise.

Generally, when a juvenile is arrested, the child is brought to family court, unless a serious felony is charged. Children aged 16 and 17, and who are not charged with particularly serious felonies, may be automatically diverted to a special Youth Part of the adult criminal court.

Either trajectory for the case mandates the assistance of a criminal lawyer and one versed in the juvenile court process.

Possible Sentencing & Penalties in New York

Being charged with a felony level offense means that a child as young as 13 years old can be prosecuted in New York City, Rockland County, Westchester County, and throughout New York State as an adult, even in the absence of any kind of criminal record, Family Court history, or school disciplinary history of any kind. The county and jurisdiction in which a child is being prosecuted as an adult can have a large impact on the approach and options presented by the prosecutor.

A conviction for one of these serious offenses means that a 13 year old in New York City and throughout New York State can potentially be given a life sentence. It's difficult to imagine any more critical moment of a young child's life, and it is imperative that any child who is charged with one of these serious offenses is represented by an attorney who is not only an expert in criminal law, but also who is familiar with and understands the unique issues presented by the prosecution of a young child.

How We Fight Juvenile Criminal Charges & Family Court Offenses in New York

Of deep concern, where a teenager is charged with a particularly serious crime, such as homicide, rape, and some forms of assault and weapons possession, the case may nevertheless be heard in adult criminal court despite the individual’s age.

The consequences of this charging decision are consequential, and the government may seek to treat your child as an adult, despite the obvious age differentials. While there are methods and avenues for successfully petitioning the case back down to a family court, where prosecutions remain in criminal court it is essential that an experienced, aggressive defense attorney assure that your child is protected.

Our firm has handled selective matters pertaining to juveniles and youthful offenders. In one notable and high-profile matter, we helped to secure a reasonable plea and sentence for an individual charged with homicide and prosecuted as an adult despite being only thirteen years’ old during the commission of the crime.

Your Defense Begins Now

If your child is being charged in either family court or criminal court, hire a former prosecutor and preeminent defense attorney who has dealt with these offenses on both sides of the courtroom. The steps your defense attorney takes, by way of investigation and creative advocacy, will increase your chances of successfully walking away from these accusations and shape the rest of your life.

The sooner you put your case in the hands of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the more opportunity you will have to work toward a favorable outcome. Contact The Law Offices of Jason Goldman today.

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