A juvenile offense is any illegal act committed by someone under the age of eighteen. When a minor is charged with a delinquent act, the legal process differs substantially from the process used to sentence adults. For example, the main objective of the juvenile justice system is threefold: (1) treat and rehabilitate young offenders, (2) move quickly to resolve cases, and (3) provide defendants with more privacy than adults charged with similar crimes.
The Kids Are Alright
Depending on the offense, the juvenile offender may be detained and held in custody. Massachusetts state law requires that a juvenile be released from detention unless certain extreme circumstances apply. Arresting officers must also notify the juvenile’s parent(s) or guardian(s) as soon as possible following the alleged offense. While obviously dependent upon the unique circumstances of each case, the juvenile justice system judges often hand down sentences involving fines, restitution, community service, probation and/or detention.
Protecting Your Children
If your child is facing charges that could land them in a juvenile detention facility, call criminal defense lawyer Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law at (413) 256-6234 as soon as possible. Having represented juveniles in Amherst and throughout Massachusetts for many years, we know what it takes to make sure your child’s rights and freedom are protected.