Juvenile Defense

Juvenile Crimes can be a serious criminal offense. If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, in an effort to protect the minor’s future, you need to rely on an experienced and aggressive juvenile criminal defense attorney like Susan T. Perkins who has a thorough understanding and familiarity with the law and local courts.

If you, or a loved one, are facing juvenile criminal charges in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island, you need to seek the advice of an experienced and aggressive juvenile criminal attorney immediately. Right now you are probably filled with fear, you have a million questions and you are not quite sure how to proceed. The Law Offices of Susan T. Perkins, Esq. PC, can evaluate your case and provide you with the knowledge and experience that is crucial when defending you against juvenile criminal charges.

A juvenile offender is generally described as a person under the age of majority (under the age of 18 in most states) who commits any specific act prohibited by law. While it is understood that certain acts such as theft, robbery, assault, murder, etc. are obviously against the law, juveniles are also subject to additional laws such as truancy laws and curfew laws.

Juvenile Criminal Process

If you are suspected of committing a juvenile crime in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut, and are confronted by police, you must remain calm and invoke your rights. Even though you are a juvenile, you have rights that must be protected. Remember the following rules:

  • If you have not been arrested, you do not have to submit to a search.
  • Do not resist arrest.
  • Respectfully decline to answer any questions and do not volunteer any information regarding the incident.
  • Insist that an attorney be present before answering any questions.
  • Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.

The juvenile criminal process is unique and there is a separate court system for juvenile offenders. There are also different categories of juvenile offenders which include:

Juveniles remanded to superior court: These categories are for offenders that have committed crimes that, if they were adults, would be criminal. These are crimes such as robbery, theft, assault, shoplifting, etc. Juveniles who have committed very serious crimes such as rape, arson, murder, etc. may be transferred to the adult court system to be tried as an adult.

If you are seeking legal counsel for a juvenile crime call (401) 226-0126 immediately to schedule your FREE consultation with Rhode Island Juvenile Crime Defense Attorney Susan T. Perkins.