Juvenile Offenses: Felony, Misdemeanor, and Municipal
In the state of Colorado, juveniles can be charged with many of the same crimes that adults may face, but the justice system is designed to treat them differently. In juvenile offenses, there is an emphasis on rehabilitation, but serious charges against a minor can still lead to serious consequences, including incarceration in a state facility.
If your son or daughter is facing criminal charges, it’s vital that you seek legal assistance from an attorney with experience handling juvenile offenses. Youths are entitled to the same presumption of innocence and due process as adults, and the government is held to the same high standards of proof in prosecuting juvenile defendants.
The scientific, medical, and behavioral health communities understand that the human brain is still developing well into a young person’s twenties, and all adolescents are susceptible to impulsive and reckless behavior. It’s crucial that a child’s future not be derailed by a lapse in judgment, even a serious one, and a criminal defense attorney who has the necessary experience and proficiency can, in many cases, work with the prosecution to achieve a satisfactory disposition. But if the case goes to trial, you’ll want an attorney on your side who has litigated juvenile delinquency cases. Mr. McKinstry has litigated juvenile felonies and misdemeanors in state court, and knows how to expose the weaknesses that exist in every case, offering your best chance at an acquittal.