Children make mistakes. Often, these mistakes are made when children surround themselves with the wrong people, doing the wrong things, in places they should not be. Unfortunately, one mistake, false accusation or misunderstanding could result in criminal charges. When a minor is charged with a criminal offense the repercussions could prevent them from a bright future. A child could be prevented from opportunities such as attending their dream school or landing a great job, or they could face detention. Therefore, it is imperative to hire an attorney with expertise in juvenile legal matters.
A “juvenile” refers to a person below the age of 18. If a person is charge with a crime while under the age of 18, he or she will be prosecuted in the Juvenile Court. The juvenile court system is vastly different from the adult court system. It is more theoretical in nature, which makes arguing more difficult if an attorney lack experience with juvenile law. Court proceedings which involve children or adolescents facing juvenile delinquency charges operate under special rules and laws, use their own language, and have unique goals, customs and practices. This can be extremely confusing to an attorney inexperienced in this area of law, and could ultimately serve as a detriment to a juvenile client. If handled inadequately, a juvenile could be prosecuted as an adult or miss out on disposition opportunities that were unknown by their attorney.
At Fusco and Macaluso, your child will be in experienced hands. Our associate, Alexandra Macaluso, Esq., is a gifted former juvenile prosecutor-turned criminal defense attorney who uses her experience on both sides of the justice system to provide excellent representation and advocacy for her clients. Alexandra is passionate and dedicated to advocating for juveniles and works tirelessly to protect their innocence when threatened with criminal prosecution. Let Fusco and Macaluso protect your child.