Being arrested and charged with a juvenile crime can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. At Mark Bishop Turner, Attorney at Law, our Birmingham criminal defense lawyer has represented hundreds of juveniles and has also worked on numerous cases involving parents whose children were wrongfully taken by the state. With our extensive experience, we can help answer your questions and guide you and your child through the legal process.
Call our firm today at (205) 632-7277 for passionate representation for juvenile crimes cases.
In 2010 alone, the number of juvenile violent crime arrests in the United States was about 225 for every 100,000 children between the ages of 10 and 17. Juvenile violent crimes are often committed against an individual out of a sense of revenge, and some juvenile crimes are also caused by peer pressure. Furthermore, gang related activities may influence the number of juvenile crimes committed, especially in inner city areas.
Juvenile offenders are treated differently than adult offenders, but in certain circumstances, juvenile delinquents may be charged in adult court. This may be because the juvenile is older and the crime is more severe than just a petty offense. In general, state courts value rehabilitation over punishment and may order mandatory rehabilitation programs, house arrest, and community service as part of the sentencing.
Juvenile criminal records are sealed, as opposed to adult criminal records, which are generally accessible to the public. Furthermore, juvenile records may be expunged once the offender turns 18 years old, if he or she has met certain requirements. The juvenile court process is much less formal than adult court, but still may carry severe and life altering penalties, and the Birmingham criminal defense attorney at Mark Bishop Turner, Attorney at Law can work hard to build your case and represent you in juvenile court.
Don’t leave your future to chance. Call us today at (205) 632-7277 to schedule a consultation and seek a positive outcome.