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Juvenile law is an area of criminal law that deals with persons not of age to be held responsible for criminal acts. Family court deals with juvenile delinquency. Unlike the criminal justice system, which punishes adult offenders, the primary goal of the juvenile justice system is seeking rehabilitation..
Common Juvenile Offenses
The most common charges filed against juveniles are:
- Drug abuse
- Petit Larceny
While juveniles under the age of 16 may be accused of the same crimes as an adult, with few exceptions, such cases are handled in family court. The court will consider more than just the crime involved, but will look at a juvenile’s family circumstance and school records and consider all matters to formulate an appropriate disposition.
Penalties for Juvenile Offenses
Juvenile convictions can result in incarceration at a juvenile detention facility, a rehabilitation facility, probation, community service or an Adjournment on Contemplation of Dismissal. If the defendant rejects a disposition, he or she has the option of a trial. In the family court, there are no juries. The judge decides innocence or guilt and then rules accordingly.
How an Attorney Can Help
As a father of four children, attorney Rudy Migliore understands that parents want nothing but the best for their family. Unfortunately, the naiveté and inexperience of children and teens can sometimes get them in trouble, create problems or land them in a predicament with the law.
At the law offices of Rudolph F. X. Migliore, we offer you and your child quality legal representation backed by compassion and understanding. Whether your child is facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, it is imperative to retain an attorney who is experienced with juvenile offenses and who will protect the legal rights of your child and explain your rights as a parent. After all, your child’s future is on the line.
When you turn to the law firm of Rudolph F. X. Migliore, P.C. for legal advice and guidance, attorney Rudolph Migliore will explain exactly how you should respond to any questions about your arrest or the charges against you. Our law firm assists clients at every stage of their case, from the moment of arrest to the point where the charges are dropped or a court decision is reached.
You can count on honest, practical advice on how your involvement in the criminal system will affect your life and how your case will wind its way through the criminal justice system. Our legal services include negotiating pleas or, if necessary, trial defense.
Contact a Long Island Juvenile Law Attorney
Call our Commack, NY law firm at (631) 543-3663 to learn how attorney Rudy Migliore’s experience with juvenile issues can benefit you and your family.