Fighting Charges That Might Critically Impact the Future of Your Children
Young people make mistakes. It is part of the process of growing up. If these mistakes are serious enough, they can damage the hopes of ever having an adult life that includes the rights and freedom that we all are entitled to. If a child of yours between the ages of 10 and 17 has been charged with a crime, it is important to work with the best juvenile defense attorney possible to keep their future intact. The laws governing juvenile crimes are different than those for adults that have been charged. At Vermeulen Law Offices, P.A., we fully understand the unique needs of a minor in the criminal justice system. We are dedicated to helping you and your child through the process with compassion and a commitment to their future.
We Work With All Types of Juvenile Crimes throughout St. Cloud, Minnetonka, and All of Minnesota
Juvenile crimes that we can help with include: Underage DUI, terroristic threats, drug possession, vandalism, violent offenses, shoplifting/theft, burglary, and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Regardless of the charge or it’s severity, you shouldn’t take chances with your child’s future.
In some cases, prosecutors may hold a separate trial known as an adult certification hearing. This happens when they are seeking to try the juvenile as an adult. Not all offenses are eligible for adult certification. The offense must be of a severity that it would result in prison time if an adult were facing the same charges. These aspects of the juvenile justice system require a juvenile defense attorney who is well-versed in its nuances. If they are unable to obtain adult certification, they may pursue extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ) instead.
Certified Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction Attorney
Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (also known as blended sentencing) allows a court to issue a dual sentence, the juvenile justice system enforcing a juvenile sanction until the offender turns 21 when the court will enforce an adult sanction if the juvenile order has been violated. Eligibility is based on the juveniles age, severity of the crime and other factors such as the juvenile’s record. This is a complex area of the law and one that we understand very well. EJJ can result in serious penalties such as potential prison time, so it is critical to have a clear understanding during the process to clearly understand the ramifications.
Even if a felony charge against a juvenile is negotiated to a lesser charge, it can remain a matter of public record and damage the future opportunity for a young person. It can’t be stated strongly enough how important it is to work with an attorney who has a thorough knowledge of the juvenile defense system in these cases.