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Why minors need attorney representation in court

Crimes committed by a minor can have a lasting impact. While there are differences between juvenile and adult crimes, it's important to understand the consequences.

Even minors can end up in prison, which no parent wants to see. Although a conviction may be a kind of lesson for your child, what they learn is rarely worth the trouble. The better option is to work with your attorney and help your child get the help they need to get back on track.

Why is it important to get an attorney after your child's arrest?

First, it's necessary to point out that juvenile court is different than adult courts. You need to find out how your child has been charged and if they will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult. There is a significant difference.

The prosecution may attempt to have your child tried as an adult in cases that involve violence. Your attorney will do what they can to encourage trial as a juvenile instead of taking a minor to an adult court. However, if your child does end up charged and tried as an adult, an attorney becomes even more important as a conviction will often stay on their record permanently.

An attorney has the job of making sure your child's rights aren't violated. The attorney also spends time getting to know the case and learning what evidence the prosecution does or does not have. 

Your child's attorney provides the representation they need. This legal advocate only has your child's best interests at heart. They will fight to make sure that your child is not penalized in ways that are detrimental to their future. Additionally, your attorney can help seek settlements and arrangements that better assist your child, like alternatives to imprisonment, community service, addiction treatment and other help that could change their lives.

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