Skilled Attorneys Fighting for Your Child’s Future
If your child has been accused of a crime, you must act fast and retain our experienced Denver juvenile defense attorney to protect them from facing a criminal record. Although the juvenile justice system operates a little bit differently from the adult criminal court system, the bottom line remains the same: Your child’s future and livelihood are at stake.
The impact a juvenile crimes conviction may have on your child’s record is far-reaching and detrimental. They may experience issues securing employment, getting accepted into a university and finding other opportunities to succeed. The last thing you want to see is your child face the juvenile court system alone. This may be their first time dealing with a process of this intensity and they undoubtedly need our Denver juvenile defense lawyer to advocate aggressively on their behalf.
If your child is facing criminal charges, contact us at (303) 732-5048 today for a free consultation!
Understanding Juvenile Crimes & Penalties in Colorado
Juvenile crimes are offenses committed by a minor between the age of 10 and 18. While juveniles are just as capable of committing the same types of crimes as adults, below are some of the most common juvenile crimes:
- Minor in possession of alcohol
- Harassment: Class 6 felony
- False identification: Class 3 misdemeanor
- Violating curfew laws
- Disturbing the peace
- Drug crimes (possession, sale, distribution and paraphernalia)
- Sex crimes
- Assault and battery
Despite how harmless some of these crimes seem, the impact that being convicted of one can have on your child’s criminal record is life-changing. Our juvenile crimes defense lawyers understand how serious these crimes will affect your child’s future, and will work diligently to reduce or dismiss the charge altogether so your child can move forward with a fresh start.
Colorado Juvenile Court Process
While the Colorado juvenile court system is intended to be rehabilitative rather than punitive, underlying penalties can still work against your child’s best interests. Not only is the system intimidating, but your child will also have to suffer a potential criminal record and an uncomfortable conversation with their peers about the distressing experience they faced.
The juvenile court process operates as such:
- Arrest: If your child is arrested, they will be taken into custody, where you will be notified of their arrest. A pretrial release may be granted depending on the severity of the alleged crime, the Juvenile Services Center review and your child’s prior record. Your child may be taken to juvenile detention if the staff sees fit.
- Detention hearing: A judge will decide whether there was probable cause for your child’s arrest and determine if bond should be administered. You will be requested to attend this hearing.
- Bond: The judge will decide if bond is appropriate for your child and, if so, your child may be granted a pretrial release. If your child is deemed to be too threatening to themselves or others, they may not get bond.
- Pretrial release: Your child will be required to follow specific rules based on the judge’s directions and be placed on an electric home monitor to ensure they are following curfew rules.
- Charge: After three business days, the District Attorney’s (DA) Office must file charges or else the case may be dropped. Your child may still face charges down the road if the DA reveals new compelling evidence.
- Return of filing: At this hearing, your child will learn about the specific charges filed against them. If no charges are filed, the case is dropped. If charges are brought against your child, they will be served a Petition stating the charges and will be notified of when to attend their preliminary hearing.
- Preliminary hearing: Depending on your child’s charge, they may be granted a preliminary hearing in which the DA attempts to prove that your child was arrested on probable cause.
- Status hearing: This is where our juvenile crimes defense attorneys are most effective. At this hearing, one of our skilled Denver juvenile defense attorneys will meet with the DA to negotiate possible resolutions and alternatives to trial. Since we are known to be fierce negotiators, we are confident in our ability to take advantage of this process and vigorously advocate on your child’s behalf.
- Trial: Regardless of whether your child pleads guilty or not guilty, they will be taken to trial, where our attorney will defend their case and fight for their freedom.Unlike adult trials, Denver juvenile trials are typically presented to a judge without a jury.
*Juveniles tried as adults: In the uncommon instance that your child is accused of a felony and tried as an adult, they will face criminal penalties through a direct or transfer file.
Call Our Proven Denver Juvenile Defense Lawyer at (303) 732-5048 Today!
Whether this is your child’s first or third time undergoing the juvenile justice system, our seasoned Denver juvenile defense lawyers at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. are determined to ensure they are treated as innocent until proven guilty. We want your child to not only enjoy freedom, but to utilize the necessary resources needed to get them back on their feet rather than a punitive juvenile detention sentence and hefty fines.
Our goal is your goal: To provide the best life for your child. To accomplish this, we will guide you and your child through the details of their case and expected circumstances they may face. Plus, we can give an honest, thorough portrayal of their legal options and how to best move forward.
Is your child facing criminal charges? Discuss your needs with us by scheduling an appointment online or by calling (303) 732-5048 today!