Lawyers Defending Juveniles In Minneapolis, St. Paul And Throughout Minnesota
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 Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, 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.
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We represent juveniles charged with offenses, including:
- Underage drinking
- Drug-related crimes, including possession and sales of controlled substances
- Driving while impaired (DWI)
- Theft, including auto theft
- Violent crimes, including assault, threats of violence, manslaughter and murder
- Computer crimes
- Sex crimes including criminal sexual conduct and possession or distribution of child pornography
- Weapons and firearms 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 21 years old.
Keeping Juvenile Offenders In Juvenile Court
Our lawyers have a record of success in keeping cases against minors in juvenile court and defeating the prosecution’s certification efforts. 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 defeat attempts to certify your child as an adult, and we also challenge EJJ hearings as well. Once that stage is over with, we also work to get the case dismissed, have the charges reduced, or take the case to trial. 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. Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense lawyers have experienced trial attorneys who have taken juvenile cases all the way to trial and won.