Juvenile Defense Attorney in Colorado Springs
Creative and Experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney in Colorado Springs
Youthful Mistakes Can Lead to Very Adult Consequences
Kids make mistakes; it is part of growing up. But when those mistakes involve juvenile crimes, the consequences can be much more severe than being grounded and can have a significant and long-term impact on a child’s future. If it’s your child in the crosshairs of Colorado’s juvenile justice system, you need to make some crucial decisions – and fast – to protect them.
Whether your child’s legal troubles are a result of a lapse in judgment, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a serious misunderstanding, an adverse result in a juvenile case can result in hefty fines, harsh penalties, and even time in a juvenile detention facility. For some felony charges in Colorado Springs, prosecutors may seek to have the child tried as an adult, with the possibility of even more severe penalties and sentences upon conviction. And regardless of which court will hear your child’s case, a conviction can result in your child having a criminal record that will be a burden on them for years to come.
Your Child’s Future Needs to Be Protected by a Juvenile Defense Attorney
As a Colorado Springs juvenile crimes defense attorney, I work with families who find themselves at such a critical crossroads in their child’s life. These families need guidance, compassion, and an attorney with a full understanding of the special rules, procedures, and considerations involved in juvenile cases.
As a former prosecutor here in Colorado Springs, I know how scary it can be to see your child’s future hang in the balance. But I also know how important it is to have a juvenile defense attorney in Colorado Springs who has the experience and skill to communicate with judges, prosecutors, and others in a way that can keep the focus on preserving your child’s future, not punishing them. Placement in a rehabilitation program, mandatory school attendance, court-imposed curfews, or payment of restitution to victims – these are all preferable to seeing your child being removed from your home and incarcerated. I fight tirelessly to obtain the best possible result for every child I represent.
My Commitment to You and Your Child
While every child and every case is unique, my commitment and goals are always the same in juvenile crimes cases:
- Learn all relevant facts about the child, the family, the incident, and the allegations;
- Work with parents and guardians as well as the child to answer their questions, ease their fears, and provide a strategy for addressing the charges;
- Keep the case in the juvenile justice system and eliminate the risk that the child could be tried as an adult;
- Vigorously fight the charges, move to get them dismissed, or negotiate with prosecutors to minimize the consequences and obtain a result that focuses on rehabilitation, not incarceration;
- At the conclusion of the matter, leave the family relieved and unburdened, so the child can stay on track for the bright future that awaits them.
You wouldn’t give up on your child; you need a Colorado juvenile crimes defense attorney who won’t either.
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Not all juvenile crimes in Colorado Springs are equal. The consequences a child can expect if found guilty of shoplifting a candy bar will not be the same as if he or she was found guilty of sexual assault. There are multiple categories of juvenile offenses in Colorado, and how both the crime and the child are classified will determine how they will be treated by the state’s juvenile justice system.
Mandatory Sentence Offender
A “mandatory sentence offender” is a juvenile who has been adjudicated for a delinquent act twice and is subsequently adjudicated for another delinquent act. This designation also applies to a juvenile who has been adjudicated for a delinquent act, has had his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act, and is subsequently adjudicated a juvenile delinquent OR has his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act.
Adjudication is the legal process by which an arbiter or judge reviews evidence and argumentation, including legal reasoning set forth by opposing parties or litigants, to come to a decision which determines rights and obligations between the parties involved.
Repeat Juvenile Offender
A juvenile who has been previously adjudicated for a delinquent act and is subsequently adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a felony, or a juvenile OR whose probation is revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes a felony will be deemed a “repeat juvenile offender.”
Violent Juvenile Offender
A “violent juvenile offender” is a youth 13 years of age or older who has been adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a crime of violence as defined by Colorado law. In Colorado, crimes of violence include the use or possession of a deadly weapon; causing serious bodily injury or death to any other person; murder; first or second-degree assault; kidnapping; sexual offenses; aggravated robbery; arson; burglary; escape; or criminal extortion.
Aggravated Juvenile Offender
The “aggravated juvenile offender” designation applies to any juvenile who is at least 12 years old and:
- Is adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for a delinquent act that constitutes a class 1 or class 2 felony
- Has had probation revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes a class 1 or class 2 felony;
- Is adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a felony and is subsequently adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a crime of violence or has his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes a crime of violence; or
- Is adjudicated for a delinquent act or has his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes felony-level unlawful sexual behavior, incest or aggravated incest.
Habitual Juvenile Offender
A “habitual juvenile offender” is a youth who has previously been twice adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for separate delinquent acts, arising out of separate and distinct criminal episodes, that constitute felonies.
No matter what category and no matter what the crime and arrest and conviction for a juvenile offense can have serious and long-term implications for a child’s future. If your child is in trouble with the law, seek the help of an experienced juvenile crimes defense attorney in Colorado Springs as soon as possible.
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Don’t Let a Juvenile Crimes Conviction Ruin Your Life
Unless you are willing to accept the maximum penalties for the conviction of a juvenile crime, it is in your best interests to hire a qualified juvenile defense attorney in Colorado Springs to guide you through the system.
I know from being on both sides of juvenile cases that no matter how grim a situation may look, no matter how much it may seem that prosecutors have you dead to rights, there are almost always ways to fight the charges.
A local juvenile defense attorney knows how to challenge your juvenile crimes charges, including the pursuit of case dismissal, plea bargain negotiations, and trying the case in court.
The smartest thing you can do right now is to speak to a criminal defense lawyer in Colorado Springs. The call and initial consultation are free so you have nothing to lose. Schedule the call now.