Juvenile Crime Attorney Pittsburgh
If your child is facing charges for any crime, you want to act quickly to protect his or her freedom and future. You do not want to allow your son or daughter to speak to the police without legal representation. No matter how friendly or understanding the law enforcement appears, you can guarantee that they will use anything your minor or you tell them in their case against your child.
At DRK Lawyers in Pittsburgh, we work tirelessly to represent the rights of juveniles in court. We pursue alternative forms of justice whenever possible. And we are always there by your child’s side. What’s more, our juvenile crime defense lawyers each have experience working as prosecutors. We know what the state has to prove against your child, and we will do everything in our power to find the holes or mistakes in the prosecution’s case.
Defending Minors Against All Underage Crimes
We have experience representing minors from across western Pennsylvania in a wide range of cases, including those involving:
- Auto theft
- Drug offenses
- Sexual assault
- Underage drinking
- Using a fake ID
The truth is minors can commit the same crimes as any adult. The question comes down to which charges the state will pursue and whether your child will go to juvenile court or, in more serious cases known as “Act 33” cases, in criminal court.
Your Child Could Face Felony Prosecution as an Adult
Pennsylvania law allows for the prosecution of juveniles age 15 or older as adults in cases where the juvenile is charged with committing:
- A violent crime such as homicide, rape or robbery
- Any crime that involved the use of a gun or other deadly weapon
Why does this matter? Because a felony conviction in a Pennsylvania state court could lead to many years in prison or even life imprisonment.
If the prosecution attempts to pursue your child’s case in state criminal court, we will work quickly to try to de-certify the case so it lands in juvenile court.
We Focus on Protecting Your Child’s Future
In addition to fines and time spent in juvenile detention, a conviction for any juvenile crime today could lead to long-term consequences for your child, including:
- Difficulty getting into college
- Inability to obtain loans
- Challenges in finding a job
- High auto insurance rates
- Loss or suspension of driver’s license
- Inability to join the military
We take every step possible in your child’s situation to minimize or completely avoid these consequences. We will fight aggressively from the start in an attempt to have the court dismiss or reduce the charges against your child. If your child receives a guilty verdict, we will do what we can to have your child’s record sealed so it does not harm him or her in the future.