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Juvenile Crime Defense in Minnesota
Some people make the mistake of thinking that juvenile crime is less serious than adult crime. They think a conviction might serve as a good lesson and will magically disappear after the accused turns 18.
That is simply not the case.
I am Minnesota criminal defense attorney Murad Mohammad. For 10 years, I have helped countless people in the Twin Cities area and throughout the state present a strong, intelligent criminal defense. If you or a loved one is facing charges for juvenile crime, I can help.
Criminal Charges Against Juveniles
Juvenile crime describes the age of the accused, not the nature of the alleged criminal activity.
Prosecutors and courts do not take these charges lightly—neither should you.
Every criminal charge should be answered with a vigorous defense. From vandalism and underage drinking, to assault and drug crimes, criminal charges have the power to derail your future and cost you more than fines and community service.
Sentencing in Juvenile Cases
When a person is found guilty and declared a juvenile delinquent, he or she may face a variety of penalties.
- Courts often impose community service and requirements to complete certain classes.
- Some juveniles are required to attend anger management or addiction-related classes.
- Many are required to complete a GED or complete high school.
- Some are sentenced to time in a juvenile detention center.
- Many receive probation.
In serious cases, the court can choose to charge a person under the age of 18 as an adult. Defendants 14 and older can receive a delayed adult sentence, awaiting the time the accused turns 21. Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ) cases see the juvenile placed on extended probation. If the terms of that probation are not strictly adhered to, the court will impose the adult sentence when the child comes of age.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible
The juvenile justice system is different than the court system used by adults. They are different, but they have a similar power to impact the life of someone who stands accused.
A conviction for juvenile crime can start a person on a long, dark path.
The decisions made by children should not follow them for the rest of their lives. Let me help you pursue all options to avoid or limit the consequences of your child’s actions.
If your child has been accused of a crime, call me at 651.283.5324 or contact me by email. I can explain your options and help you understand what you are facing in a free and confidential consultation.