Juvenile crime punishments have taken on a new ferocity within many states’ court systems, as legislators contend that juveniles should be punished just as harshly as adults in certain situations, despite the ability of potential rehabilitation. Arizona is no different and has set laws in place which not only punish juvenile offenders, but also effectively dampen their chance at future rehabilitation. If your child has been arrested for a crime in Arizona, contact an experienced Phoenix juvenile crime attorney who understands the juvenile justice system in Arizona and can formulate a defense strategy to preserve your child’s rights.
Phoenix sits in a large enough county that the court system has a special juvenile court. A judge is assigned to the court to hear all juvenile cases. Juvenile records are often sealed from the public, and therefore, any trials are held in front of a judge rather than a jury. In some Arizona counties which are not as big as Maricopa County, judges from other courts simply treat juvenile cases separate from all other criminal cases.
Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes parents and children face when handling juvenile crime charges is the believe that since children are minors, any conviction- whether it is a Phoenix misdemeanor or indictable offense- will be relatively minor and non eventful. However, this is not further from the truth. While juveniles often do receive reduce sentences if they are convicted of a violent offense, a conviction will go on their record and they will serve time, depending on the offense. It is important not to sit idly by if your child has been accused of a criminal offense. Regardless of your child’s age, any criminal conviction can severely tarnish their criminal record and affect their ability to get a job later in life or carry on an average life.
Violent crimes in Arizona such as murder, rape, statutory rape, and assault now lead to many juveniles charged as adults, which leads to decades spent in prison. Juvenile cases in Arizona proceed much the same as all other criminal court cases, and it is important to get in contact with a Phoenix juvenile crime attorney.
If your child has been arrested on suspicion of juvenile crimes, do not sit idly by while they go to court. Craig Orent of the Orent Law Offices has over 25 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, advising and defending clients, particularly working on juvenile cases. Juvenile cases are a unique sector of criminal defense and require a thorough understanding of the charges, the court, and the repercussions. Craig Orent understands that a criminal conviction can forever taint a juvenile’s criminal record and prevent them from experiencing an average life, all for a mistake they made when they were younger. He will work tirelessly to ensure that your child receives the best defense strategy to protect their record.