Minnesota Juvenile Crimes Lawyer
Juvenile law focuses on punishment and rehabilitation for those persons under the age of 18. Any person under the age of 18 who has committed a crime is deemed a juvenile delinquent. If you or your child has been arrested for any crime, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the case, you will need proper legal representation. Contact Kevin Devore, a Minnesota criminal defense lawyer today to see how we can help you.
Depending on the circumstances of a juvenile’s arrest, he or she can be convicted of crimes on any level, i.e. felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor. Most of the cases that our firm has handled involve the following types of charges:
- Obstruction of justice arrests, such as resisting an arrest or running away from a police officer
- Drinking and driving offenses and driving under the influence of drugs
- Speeding and traffic violations including driving while texting and reckless driving
- Open bottle law crimes
- Shoplifting, employee theft and possession of shoplifting gear
- Breaking and entering and other property crimes
- Disorderly conduct arrests such as disturbing the peace
- Drug crimes including possession of marijuana or possession of drug paraphernalia
- Petty crimes such as drinking in public and violating curfew
Juvenile Law Minnesota
Juvenile matters are handled outside the typical Minnesota court system. It most instances, juvenile crimes are treated in a special court which focuses on rehabilitation rather than only punishment. The goal of the juvenile system is to offer youth the opportunity to learn how to or choose to stop criminal behavior before they go past the age of 18. Punishments handed down by the juvenile court include the following:
- Community service
- Time spent in a juvenile detention
- Counseling and training such as anger management or driver’s education
- Electronic monitoring
In addition to the above penalties, a juvenile offender will be left with a criminal record. Potential landlords, colleges, employers and financial institutions will all be able to access that record of conviction.
CHIPS Juvenile Law
For persons under the age of 10 that have committed a crime, there is another system called CHIPS (children in need of protection or services) that will handle the case. CHIPS cases are handled outside the juvenile hearing and usually focus on rehabilitation and support measures for both the child as well as the parents.
Juvenile Attorney in Minnesota
Kevin DeVore feels it is important to provide his clients with both small firm commitment and big firm expertise. In other words, Kevin has developed a strong understanding of cases of this kind. Kevin will be at your side during the entire legal process. He will work with you to ensure that you know what is happening with your case at all times.
If you or a member of your family are facing a juvenile crime charge, you can speak immediately to Minnesota defense attorney Kevin DeVore at 651-435-6500 . We will schedule a no-charge, initial consultation for you.