How Does The Juvenile Court System Work?
Juvenile court is quite different than that of adults. Where an adult may see jail time for certain criminal actions, a child would likely face proceedings focused on transforming their behavior and protecting their future. This is no guarantee, though. Circumstances may differ from county to county and judge to judge. At Dusche & Delk, an Association of Attorneys, we strive to use our knowledge of juvenile court systems to protect your family’s future. Our lawyers have more than 14 years of experience in the criminal justice system. We have negotiated thousands of criminal cases in Tennessee.
Your Child’s Future May Be At Risk
First, know that the law treats a juvenile differently from the beginning – not just in the courtroom. Even down to terminology. A juvenile, for instance, is “detained” rather than arrested. Then, the minor’s family receives a petition outlining the offense and reasons for a court summons. A juvenile case may be brought to a jury trial if requested, but most are in front of a judge.
There are some juvenile delinquency cases that may result in penalties an adult wouldn’t receive. A juvenile found to be delinquent in a drug offense, will lose their license or ability to obtain a license for 1 year. There is no option for a restricted license if this occurs. We can help guide you through a process to avoid this consequence in many situations.
If your child is facing charges, there are procedures designed to protect them. Our compassionate attorneys bring informed counsel from over 14 years of handling various juvenile case types on both sides.
For More Information, Call An Experienced Juvenile Attorney
We serve juvenile clients in Franklin and across middle Tennessee, and we have experience working with several counties including Williamson, Davidson and Hickman. Free consultations provided. Call Kate Delk at 615-656-0257 or Nichole Dusché at 615-861-1191, or you can email our office.