Defense for Juvenile Offenses Takes Special Attention and Care
A criminal defense attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your case
At the Law Office of Gordon B. Fine, we help juveniles defend against accusations of criminal offenses. Since 1993, we have worked with young people and their families throughout Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam communities. We give you a straightforward assessment of the situation and outline all possible outcomes. We answer your questions promptly, because we know how important it is to have timely answers at this critical time.
Sentencing options for juvenile crime
Juvenile crimes in New York are defined as those committed by someone between the ages of 7 and 16. Punishments for juvenile crime depend on whether the crime was a felony or misdemeanor. Sentencing for a misdemeanor, not including traffic violations, may impose imprisonment for a term between 15 days and one year. Sentencing for a felony could impose imprisonment for more than a year.
Juvenile court procedures differ from the adult court system
In New York, family court governs juvenile crimes, both felonies and misdemeanors. Prior to a court date, the police prepare a juvenile report and generate an arrest number. The case then moves to the Department of Probation, which interviews the juvenile, parents or guardians and the person who made the complaint.
Depending on the type of crime alleged, adjustment services may become involved. These services can include school monitoring, probation officer appointments, community service, restitution and letters of apology. The court may also direct that the juvenile be placed in a juvenile detention facility and/or undergo treatment.
Before you or your child speak to the police or the Department of Probation, contact Gordon Fine. Don’t let a mistake ruin your child’s life.
Let the Law Office of Gordon B. Fine help protect your child’s future. We have been protecting the rights of children charged with juvenile offenses for more than 25 years in White Plains, Yorktown Heights, Peekskill, Carmel and the surrounding communities. Call us now at 914-245-6250 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We offer MasterCard and Visa payment plans for the convenience of our clients. If you have an emergency, call us anytime.