Juvenile Criminal Defense
A child who has been charged with a criminal offense in Colorado is a serious issue, and therefore you need serious representation. Each juvenile case is unique, and your child deserves a defense specifically tailored to them. Peter Loyd Weber & Associates has experience representing clients in the juvenile justice system. Whether we need to go to trial to defend your child’s innocence, or we need to plea bargain for a better consequence, we here at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates can help you in this endeavor.
Who is considered a juvenile in Colorado?
Any child under the age of 18 can be prosecuted as a juvenile. However, even children who are under the age of 18 can actually be prosecuted as an adult instead. That decision is left up to the prosecuting attorney. This means that, potentially, your child could be sentenced as an adult, into an adult detention facility.
Will the child have repercussions beyond their childhood?
This is a very good question. The answer is: possibly. That is why it is so important for you to consider hiring an experienced juvenile defense attorney to represent your child. Sometimes a juvenile may commit certain crimes that do have repercussions beyond their childhood, sometimes even for life. It is possible the child will have difficulty getting into certain jobs, and even getting into certain universities.
Does your firm represent the child or the parent?
Juvenile cases are typically different than adult criminal cases in that a parent may be the one to foot the bill for the attorney. In this situation, the client is the child. An attorney is ethically obligated to listen to the wishes of the client.
Is the Juvenile Justice System different than the adult one?
Yes, the Juvenile Justice System is quite different than adult criminal adjudications. Certain rights adults are afforded are not given to juveniles. Certain procedures the adult criminal world takes are not done in the juvenile world. The possible penalties of a juvenile offense are sometimes different than the similar adult offense. This is why it is more important for you to retain an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney.
Types of Juvenile Cases we Defend:
Alcohol Possession (Minor in Possession – MIP)