Juvenile delinquency, also known as “juvenile offending,” or “youth crime,” is the participation in illegal behavior by minors (individuals younger than the statutory age of majority). In Pennsylvania our legal system prescribes specific procedures for dealing with juveniles, such as juvenile detention centers, and juvenile courts. However, depending on the type and severity of the offense committed; it is possible for minors to be charged and tried as adults.
In an attempt to draw attention to the serious nature of Juvenile delinquency, in April of 2012 Senate Bill 815 was passed which restricts a child’s right to waive counsel in delinquency proceedings. Under SB 815 waiver of counsel is only permitted in narrow circumstances, and it allows the court to assign stand-by counsel at any hearing if a child waives his or her right to counsel.
If your son or daughter or someone you love finds themselves facing a Juvenile delinquency offense do not try and handle the matter on your own. Take the time to discuss the case with an experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney at the Law Office of John E. Kusturiss, Jr., P.L.L.C. We have the experience and know how to help you navigate through the complicated juvenile court system and to get you the best possible result for your loved one. Contact our office today for a free consultation.