Juvenile Defense

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Children are just as capable of breaking the law as adults. We know it is a difficult time when your child is accused of committing a crime because you are concerned for your child and you probably have many questions. Juvenile defense law works differently in many important ways, so you need an attorney who is experienced in juvenile defense. Representation by an experienced juvenile defense attorney can result in lesser penalties or reduced charges. The attorneys at James Law Firm, LLC are well-versed in the Louisiana Code of Juvenile Procedure and the Louisiana Children’s Code and they will guide you through the judicial process while making sure your child’s rights are protected.

Juveniles accused of a crime in Louisiana can have their case heard in a special court that is separate from adult court. When a youth 14 years or older commits a serious crime, the juvenile must be held until their 21st birthday in a secure care facility. However, serious offenses can prevent juveniles from receiving probation, parole, or modification. These serious offenses include charges such as first and second-degree murder, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and armed robbery. That is why if your child has been accused, you need to hire an experienced juvenile defense attorney.

Many common juvenile charges include:

  • Criminal mischief
  • Sex crimes & Sexting
  • Theft & Burglary
  • Drug Charges
  • Weapons Possession
  • Possession of alcohol
  • Underage DWI / DUI
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Assault
  • Truancy & curfew violations

Even children with the most attentive and caring parents can make a mistake by breaking the law. Repercussions can be severe, especially when the juvenile is inadequately represented in court. As a parent, your number one concern is the safety and welfare of your children.  If your child has been charged with a crime, contact the experienced Juvenile Defense attorneys at James Law Firm, LLC immediately. Call 985-276-4740 today for a free consultation.

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