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You should know that the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System is geared toward rehabilitation, not toward punishment. Unlike the adult criminal court system that seeks to punish for crimes, the juvenile system in Pennsylvania seeks to nip small problems in the bud- before they become bigger problems in a young person’s life. That’s why they so often make available therapy, counseling, drug treatment, community service and other diversionary programs whenever possible, especially for those who want to avoid a trial.
It is essential that you understand that children are not found ‘guilty’ of a crime as a juvenile, rather they are found to be ‘delinquent’. For this reason, when a juvenile crime is charged, a petition, not a criminal complaint, is filed. It is during this time when an intake conference is scheduled for the minor and his or her parents to meet with a probation officer or other member of the juvenile justice system to discuss alternative options to a trial. Some of these alternative may include:
- Informal adjustments, where the Montgomery County Court will take no formal action against the minor but will monitor the case for a specific length of time.
- Consent decrees, where the Montgomery County Court will place the child on a term of probation. Upon the successful completion of the term of probation, the petition will be entirely dismissed and the minor will be eligible for a complete expungement of their arrest record.
- Expungement, which recognizes the critical element for minors to have clean records as the start of their journey through life. This is where the best criminal lawyers in Montgomery County, PA can make a difference in the outcome of a case, making sure that the minor is eligible for an expungement after a predetermined time, once the case is over.
The Law Office of Basil Beck will work tirelessly to defend clients against all juvenile crimes, including: DUI, underage drinking, retail theft, juvenile delinquency, simple assault charges, rape or sexual offenses, drug charges and possession, traffic offenses, truancy and school issues and more.
Whatever the charges that you or your child is facing, juvenile attorney Basil Beck will work to resolve matters as quickly and effectively as possible. Call the best criminal lawyers in all of Montgomery County, PA at 610-239-8870. In all juvenile cases, their firm works to protect the rights of the minor and promote his or her future well-being.
Call today for a free case evaluation to determine the best course of action. If you have questions and concerns, it’s critical to discuss the case with legal representation that offers the experience and skill you’re looking for. Best Criminal Lawyers Montgomery County Pa
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