Compassionate Juvenile Defense Lawyer Helping Families in Amherst, Springfield, and Beyond
Being convicted of a juvenile crime can damage a child’s future, crippling their chances of eligibility in certain colleges, limiting their ability to win scholarships and reducing their options with regards to future employment. It is critical to work with an experienced juvenile defense attorney who has an understanding of the juvenile court system and its’ unique set of rules and procedures. Working with a dedicated lawyer can mean the difference between your child learning a valuable lesson and living permanently with his or her mistake. Attorney Thomas Whitney will fight for a resolution that promises the best possible future for your child(ren).
Amherst Juvenile Crimes Attorney
A juvenile can be arrested for the same crimes as an adult. In some cases, prosecutors may seek to have them tried as an adult as well, depending on the severity of the crime. Attorney Thomas Whitney is an experienced juvenile crimes lawyer who will fight for your child to have their case heard in juvenile court and will work diligently to protect the future and freedom of your child. As a parent, it is difficult to be objective regarding the future of your child following an arrest. Mr. Whitney can help you better understand your options.
Juvenile Crimes Charges
Just as with adult criminal offenses, juvenile crimes may include a number of different charges, such as the following:
- Drug Crimes – Drug offenses, such as marijuana possession or the unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, are among the most common juvenile crimes.
- Alcohol Offenses – Mr. Whitney represents juveniles charged with underage drinking who have received Minor in Possession (MIP) citations. He also represents minors charged with DUI — however, these cases are dealt with in Adult District Court.
- Malicious Mischief – The specific offense, as well as the potential penalties, depends largely upon the value of the damage.
- Burglary – Burglary and other property crimes including trespassing, vehicle prowling, theft in the first, second and third degree, possession of stolen property in the first, second and third degree, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and/or taking a motor vehicle without permission.
- Assault – Juvenile fights can turn into assault charges with criminal consequences. Mr. Whitney represents juveniles accused of assault and other violent crimes.
Mr. Whitney understands the adverse effects that a juvenile conviction can have on a young person’s future. With thorough knowledge of the juvenile court system, he is dedicated to helping you find a successful outcome. Remember, it is important to call as soon as possible to ensure that the rights of your child are protected.