Once upon a time, if children got in trouble, officers usually took them home, and that was that. Those days are long gone. Today, authorities aggressively prosecute juvenile offenders. Contrary to popular myth, juvenile records are not automatically expunged with the child turns 18. Instead, a juvenile conviction could be a permanent stain on a permanent record.

The experienced Brainerd juvenile crime lawyers at Carlson & Jones understand your child’s future is at stake. So, we work to resolve juvenile crime matters as quickly as possible. Usually, solutions are available which do not create a lasting conviction record. That’s especially true if, as is usually the case, the juvenile allegedly committed a property crime.

Types of Juvenile Offenses

The same penal code applies to children and adults. However, in juvenile court, penalties usually emphasize rehabilitation over punishment.

Most juvenile property crimes involve vandalism or loitering. Generally, if the defendant made restitution, many of these property owners do not diligently pursue these cases. As a result, it is easier for a Brainerd juvenile crime lawyer to resolve them.

Violent crimes run the gamut from schoolyard fights to aggravated sexual assaults and murders. Frequently, felony violent crimes are gang related. That added dimension makes them even more complex.

Penalties for Juvenile Offenses

An individual may be tried as a juvenile or an adult offender.

Juvenile Offenders

The county attorney plays the role of the prosecutor in all cases involving juvenile offenders. The offenses can be anything from curfew violations to serious felony criminal behaviors. The county attorney oversees diversion programs, which allow minor offenders to receive consequences without going to court. These programs are put in place with the aim to reduce repeat offenses.

Trial as an Adult

The objective of juvenile court is to rehabilitate offenders. However, in view of public safety concerns, the county attorney may ask the court to certify a juvenile to undergo trial as an adult. Upon conviction, the juvenile may receive all potential adult sanctions, including a prison sentence.

Resolving Juvenile Cases

Because of the emphasis on rehabilitation, most Crow Wing County prosecutors are willing to consider deferred prosecution options, even in violent crimes. If the defendant completes program requirements, the court dismisses the case. Sometimes, the defendant need not admit guilt.

Deferred prosecution does more than end the case on favorable terms. Frequently, such dispositions make it easier to expunge or seal the records later.

Contact Our Brainerd Juvenile Crime Attorney to Discuss Your Case

Juvenile crimes, whether they are felonies or misdemeanors, are serious matters. Regardless of the offender’s age, they can face severe legal repercussions. Fortunately for juveniles, the judiciary is usually more in favor of rehabilitating young offenders and taking corrective measures to reduce the chances of regression into similar behavior. Our lawyers are familiar with criminal defense procedures and can help fight these charges to help preserve their freedom.  For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd juvenile crime lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (218) 736-9429. Convenient payment plans are available.

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