Young people often lack good judgment and make mistakes. It’s part of growing up. However, youthful mistakes can result in criminal charges and serious consequences that can cast a long shadow over a once-bright future.
At Arrested MN, we represent clients in juvenile court. Our juvenile criminal defense lawyers work to minimize the negative consequences to young clients today and help improve their lives in the future.
If your son or daughter has been arrested, please contact us as soon as possible. Call 612-474-5420 at any hour of the day or night. An Arrested MN attorney is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We represent juveniles charged with offenses, including:
- Underage drinking
- Drug-related crimes, including possession and sales of narcotics
- Driving while impaired (DWI)
- Theft, including auto theft
- Violent crimes, including assault, manslaughter and murder
- Computer crimes
- Sex crimes
- Weapons crimes
Treating Juveniles As Adults
The Minnesota juvenile court system is set up to rehabilitate young offenders, not to punish them. When an offense is serious or violent, however, the state will work to certify the minor to be charged in adult court.
Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (EJJ) is another option for prosecutors. This approach straddles the adult and juvenile worlds. EJJ imposes an adult sentence, but stays the sentence as long as the juvenile successfully completes a program that can include staying in school, maintaining a job, participation in treatment programs and other requirements. EJJ can keep an adult criminal sentence hanging over a young person’s head until he or she turns 23 years old.
Kepping Juvenile Offenders In Juvenile Court
Our lawyers have a record of success keeping cases against minors in juvenile court. We are skilled at using experts in child development to help prevent adult consequences from being imposed on a juvenile.
We explore all options for minimizing the negative consequences to our young clients. We will work to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced. In some cases, we will encourage our client to make restitution, participate in treatment or other appropriate programs.
Sometimes it is necessary to take a juvenile case to trial. Arrested MN lawyers are experienced trial attorneys who have taken juvenile cases all the way to trial and won.