When a child is charged with a crime, a different set of rules will apply to the legal proceedings. In our state, those rules are called the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Procedure. In some respects, the law and punishments associated with conviction are a little bit more lenient on the younger population. However, they can also be stricter — like when it comes to underage drinking and underage DUI, for example.
In addition to the threat of criminal punishments, juveniles convicted of crimes could have serious repercussions related to their future educations and job opportunities. A juvenile conviction could disqualify a teenager from receiving particular types of scholarships and entrance into different universities. Furthermore, a conviction could create a black spot on the juvenile’s criminal record and prevent him or her from getting a job later on down the road. For these reasons, it is important to devise solid criminal defense strategy in every juvenile crimes case.
At Groshek Law PA, we have defended juveniles in criminal court against all manner of charges. For example, we have represented defendants in cases involving: shoplifting, minor consumption of alcohol, underage DUI, terrorist threats, robbery, drug offenses, burglary, sexual assault, violent crimes and more.
Because of our expansive experience throughout the state of Minnesota, we are familiar with the various judges and prosecutors throughout the state. This familiarity can help during the litigation process by facilitating plea negotiations and encouraging your proceedings to move more smoothly.
If you are a Minnesota parent whose child has been accused of a crime, you are no doubt experiencing a lot of stress and fear regarding what will happen to your son or daughter. At Groshek Law PA, we will be happy to speak with you about your child’s charges and provide with information on his or her legal rights and options.