Denver Juvenile Crimes Attorney
Let Me Help Defend Your Child’s Rights and Freedom
It can be a terrifying experience for a parent to learn his or her child
has been arrested. However, juvenile law is incredibly different from
adult criminal law. Unlike adult criminal law, which is mostly punitive,
juvenile criminal law makes the assumption children can change for the better.
If your child has been arrested or is being charged with a crime, don’t
hesitate to call me. I have more than 30 years of
criminal defense law experience to offer you and your family. Let me take a look at the situation
and offer advice about your best course of action.
Contact me at (303) 622-3281 or fill out the online form to get your case started today.
Custody and Detention
Children who are taken into custody are entitled to an initial hearing
on the validity of their arrest and detention. At this hearing, the state
must prove someone committed an offense, and there is reasonable cause
to believe the child was that offender. If the state wants to detain the
juvenile, it must prove the child is a danger to himself or others, has
a past record that warrants detention, or is likely to run away if released.
This hearing must also happen within 48 hours of being detained. During
this hearing, a judge can release the child into the custody of his or
her parents, send the juvenile to a shelter facility, release the child
on summons, or deny bond and detain the accused.
Adjudication and Sentencing
In an advisement hearing, a minor can enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
If the plea is not guilty, the child can set the matter for trial before
a judge or magistrate. A jury is only involved when the juvenile is accused
of committing a violent crime. If he or she is found guilty, the court
can enter an order adjudicating a juvenile to be a delinquent (meaning
he or she is convicted). The judge then has a number of options for sentencing,
including the following:
- Placement in a hospital
- Reimbursement of any victims for damages
- Placement with relatives or into the custody of the county department of
- County jail/ community corrections
- Commitment to the Department of Human Services for anywhere from 2 months
to 7 years
Call Me About Your Case Today
Let me see what I can do for you and your child. I offer same-day appointments
and am available on weekends and evenings by request. As a former federal
public defender, I understand the tactics of the opposition and can aggressively
represent the best interests of your child.
Call me at (303) 622-3281 or
fill out the online form to schedule a free case consultation.