Having your minor child arrested can be a devastating experience for a parent. Children and adolescents may find themselves in trouble with the law when they act on a dare, a whim, or in rebellion, without considering or understanding the potential consequences of their behavior. Although a type of criminal law, juvenile crime law only deals with under-age individuals, who are treated very differently than adults in criminal law, and usually have their own courts of law. Per Arizona Revised Statutes §8-302 minors under the age of 18 years, who commit a crime, or otherwise violate established rules and statutes, and who is not subject to prosecution as an adult pursuant to section 13-501, shall have their case transferred to the juvenile court.
These types of cases can include:
- Drug offenses
- Possession of alcohol
- Possession of weapons charge
- Theft or burglary
- Underage drinking
- Underage driving while under the influence (DUI)
Snell & Wilmer criminal defense attorneys understand that if your child has been arrested for any of these or other crimes, there’s a good chance you’re feeling shock, anger and disbelief. It is normal to feel angry at your child while being worried about how it could affect their future. Regardless of your anger and disappointment, your child needs your help and support. Snell & Wilmer criminal defense attorneys can devote the required time and close attention to your child’s case, to protect your child’s rights and best interest by keeping the child in the juvenile system, which was created to meet the needs of young defendants.
Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys in Phoenix
Our Phoenix juvenile criminal defense attorney defense team includes, among others, a former U.S. Attorney, a former federal agency Inspector General, several former federal and state prosecutors, a former Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and former Judge Advocates from every branch of the military service. The firm is widely recognized and can leverage resources to address complex and sensitive issues.