Children who are between the ages of 7 and 16 are considered juveniles in the eyes of New York State. When a juvenile commits a crime, they will have to go through a legal process in order to determine the punishment they should face. However, the process for juvenile crimes is much different than when an adult commits a crime. New York is one of the only states that considers minors over the age of 16 to be handled as adults in the criminal system.
When law enforcement detains a juvenile that is accused of committing a crime, legal proceedings will begin. Unlike adult crimes, juvenile offenses are handled in the New York State family court system. It is important to be aware that New York State requires all juveniles charged with an offense to obtain the legal representation of an attorney. The minor’s parent or guardian is responsible for covering the cost of the attorney. However, if they are able to prove that they cannot afford an attorney, they may retain one without charge.
Another important factor to be aware of in terms of juvenile crimes is that some serious crimes can be waived up to criminal court, where the child will be treated as an adult. This is typically only the case for crimes such as assault, murder, rape, serious drug charges, and armed robbery.
It is important to retain an attorney with the experience that can help protect a child’s future. If your child has been charged with a crime, contact our firm today.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.