Juvenile court operates differently than adult courts. While adult courts are designed in part to be punitive in nature, juvenile courts are supposed to be rehabilitative. The juvenile justice system has an obligation to restore a child to law-abiding behavior using the least restrictive means given the circumstances.

Despite this goal, minors still need legal protection in juvenile court. At Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers, PLC, Mike Biderman understands the intricacies of the juvenile court process and is prepared to fight for your child’s rights. To schedule a free initial appointment, contact Park & Caporrino, LLC. at (201) 242-9666.

We provide aggressive criminal defense to juveniles facing numerous different charges, including:

  • Possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA)
  • Underage OWI
  • Marijuana possession
  • Shoplifting
  • Breaking and entering/Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Assault and battery
  • Sex crimes
  • Weapons offenses
Depending on your child’s age and the seriousness of the crime involved, prosecutors could petition the juvenile court to waive its jurisdiction over your child so your child can be tried as an adult or declared a youthful offender.

Understanding the Long-Term Implications of Juvenile Delinquency

If the juvenile court determines that a juvenile has committed a crime, the court could enter an order of adjudication, which can have lasting consequences for your child’s future. In Iowa, an adjudicated delinquent’s records are a matter of public record and are available to potential employers and schools unless the records have been expunged or sealed.

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We know how the juvenile justice system works and the importance of having a strong advocate on your side. We’re here for you.