Juvenile Crimes in Pennsylvania

Juvenile Crimes in Pennsylvania

If you are a minor (under age 18) or the parent of a minor who faces criminal charges, you should speak to an experienced Pennsylvania juvenile criminal defense attorney.  An adjudication for a serious crime, even as a juvenile, can have a long-lasting impact on your future and can affect your ability to obtain scholarships, reduce employment opportunities, and damage your reputation and relationships.

The juvenile court system operates very differently from the adult criminal justice system and has its own set of rules and procedures.  While the goal of Juvenile Court is to rehabilitate rather than punish; it is still possible to be sentenced to a juvenile placement facility for serious offenses. Throughout the state there are placement programs for drug and alcohol problems and for children who have committed sex crimes.  For less serious offenses, juveniles may be allowed to stay in their home under the supervision of a juvenile probation officer.

The criminal justice system can be frightening and intimidating and law enforcement personnel may employ scare tactics to encourage you to make admissions that are not in your best interests. Therefore it is very important that you remain silent until you have the opportunity to speak to your attorney.  Juvenile offenses range from minor to serious including:

  • Truancy
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism/graffiti
  • Assault
  • Underage drinking
  • Drug offenses
  • Sex offenses

Contact a Pennsylvania Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

Juvenile crimes have decreased in recent years which may mean that the rehabilitative approach is the right solution for juvenile offenses.  However, if you are a minor in trouble with the law or your child has been charged with a crime, contact a juvenile criminal defense attorney immediately.  Contact The Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr. online or call 610.565.0240
and schedule a consultation to discuss your juvenile crime matter.

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