Charged With A Juvenile Crime? It's Not A Little Thing

Sometimes even children who normally follow the law do foolish things and break the law, committing juvenile crime. Such youthful indiscretions can frequently be attributed to the unformed thinking skills and inexperience of youth, often propelled by peer pressure.

Juvenile Crime Is Still Crime

Although the law is more lenient with juvenile offenders than with their adult counterparts, this does not mean that being charged with a juvenile crime is less important. If convicted, there are still consequences to pay that can affect the young person's future educational opportunities, career options and scholarship chances.

If your son or daughter has been charged as a juvenile, call the experienced Franklin juvenile crime attorneys at Wood & Gresham, P.C., in Wrentham.

How We Can Help Your Son Or Daughter

Through our more than 30 years of combined legal experience, we — law partners Daniel J. Wood and David Gresham — know the law, know how it is applied and know how to defend juvenile clients like your son or daughter.

If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime, talk to us to learn all your options. Your first consultation is always free. To get started, call 508-384-2008 or complete the online form.

What Massachusetts Considers Juvenile Crime

Juvenile offenses can include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Assault and battery
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Trespassing
  • Operating under the influence
  • The sending of a sexual text and/or images through a cellphone. ("Sexting")

These are just some of the examples of crimes that come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system.

How Old Can A Child Be And Still Be Considered A Juvenile?

Also known as the age of juvenile jurisdiction, this age has been moved upward, from age 17 to under 18.

Before Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law in the fall of 2013, 17-year olds would automatically be placed within the adult prison system. Now they are placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Youth Services, providing them the opportunity to be rehabilitated.

Juveniles Can Be Sentenced As Adults

Juveniles are not immune to committing more serious crimes such as felony theft and murder. When they do commit particularly violent crimes, the court has the discretion of sentencing them as adults.

Has Your Child Been Charged With A Juvenile Crime? Call Us.

If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, contact us, the juvenile criminal defense lawyers at Wood & Gresham, P.C. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 508-384-2008 or complete the online form now.