Having your child involved in a criminal investigation or arrested for a criminal charge is a parent's nightmare. They wonder what the future holds for him or her. If the child is not a juvenile, he or she may face serious penalties, including jail or prison time. If the child is a juvenile, he or she may still face the charges in adult court. It is important to have a lawyer who knows the system and its options on your side.
Representing young people in juvenile matters, Mr. Harper works to get charges reduced, negotiates alternative penalties or juvenile probation, and handles expungements at no extra charge. A criminal conviction, even in juvenile court, can affect a person's ability to perform certain jobs or be admitted to certain schools. Unless the judge orders the juvenile delinquency adjudication record sealed, the young person's name may be released to the media. Let Attorney Harper help you and your child. Contact him today to learn about his commitment to protecting the futures of his young clients. Call (850) 763-5440 for a free initial consultation.
Under Juvenile Law Young People Face the Same Criminal Charges as Adults
A young person can face any of the criminal charges that can be brought in adult court. Most commonly, however, juveniles face charges such as:
DUI and vehicular manslaughter
Sex crimes including sexual battery
Drug possession and other drug crimes involving drugs such as marijuana or cocaine
Identity theft and other white collar crimes
Underage drinking and other alcohol related offenses
Shoplifting and other theft crimes, including auto theft
Violent crimes, including fights and armed robbery
Property crimes such as graffiti and vandalism
If your child has been charged with these or any other crime, it is important to seek the advice and counsel of a lawyer with significant experience in juvenile law. Harry L. Harper has been practicing criminal law for more than 40 years. He understands the attitudes and procedures of the juvenile justice system, knows about alternative sentencing programs, and works hard to minimize the consequences of a thoughtless act by a young person.
To learn how Mr. Harper can use his knowledge of juvenile law to help you and your child, contact him today. Protect your child's future.