Many people refer to “bad” kids as juvenile delinquents or troublemakers. However, not every child who commits a crime is a “bad” child, destined for a life of crime. All children have the potential to contribute greatly to society, even those who make mistakes or are the victims of bad choices. Unfortunately, mistakes that catch the attention of law enforcement can lead to long-lasting effects for a child. An attorney who practices juvenile defense can be invaluable in navigating the criminal system and protecting your child from unnecessarily harsh consequences.
Common crimes committed by juveniles
The most common types of criminal activity juveniles get caught up in are property damage or vandalism, theft and shoplifting, and disturbing the peace. Some more serious juvenile offenses can include drug-related or violent crimes. For some children, participating in these activities is a result of peer pressure or simply their learning process on the way to becoming an adult. Of course, parents are always greatly distressed to find out their child has committed a crime. But does not have to have devastating consequences.
Benefits of Hiring a Juvenile Defense Attorney
Many people see defense attorneys as simply doing a job and assume that they do their jobs regardless of whether they believe the defendant actually committed the crime alleged. When it comes to juvenile defense, however, it is essential to understand that kids are always experimenting with the limits of acceptable behavior. For many kids, it is a normal part of growing up, even though it can result in an unintended brush with the law.
Many children who find themselves in this situation are dealing with a difficult family circumstances, made friends with the wrong crowd, or are just seeking an outlet. On the whole, many juveniles are merely the victims of mistake or lack of good judgment, not because of an innate malevolent streak. Our firm believes that juvenile defense is a very serious service, especially because these types of charges could affect that child’s future. A one-time mistake or use of poor judgment should not be allowed to overshadow the rest of a young life or limit a child’s opportunity for a successful future.
Juvenile crime in Alabama
The statistics in Alabama are not encouraging. In a report published by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, there were more than 8,000 arrests of children under the age of 17-years-old in 2012. Most minors who are arrested in Alabama are usually charged with a delinquent act — not a crime. Nevertheless, charges of juvenile delinquency still can have a lasting effect on children and a conviction for such acts can result in a juvenile criminal record.
If you find yourself in a situation where your child has been charged with a crime, you need a qualified and well-experienced attorney who will fight for your child with the same energy and seriousness as they would for an adult. If you need assistance with a juvenile case, please contact our firm either online, or by calling (205) 988-5570.