Minneapolis Juvenile Crime Attorney
Has your child been charged with a crime in Minneapolis, MN?
In Minnesota, the juvenile court system is vastly different than the adult court system and has its own unique set of rules and procedures. For example, juveniles are not entitled to a jury trial but rather have their case tried before a judge. If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime you should speak to a skilled lawyer at The Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II for more information. My offices specialize in handling criminal defense for both adults and juveniles and offer a free case evaluation to discuss the details and circumstances of your child's case. I can answer any questions you may have and advise you on your best legal options.
The criminal justice system has long purported to recognize the difference between the "delinquency" of children and the "criminality" of adult offenders. The United States Supreme Court has chimed in, noting that "the State has a 'parens patriae' interest in preserving and promoting the welfare of the child' [making] a juvenile proceeding fundamentally different from an adult criminal trial." Schall vs. Martin, 467 U.S. 253,263 (1984
Most offenses committed by a juvenile offender fall under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system. A juvenile, if found delinquent by the court, will be sentenced as a juvenile. However, if a juvenile is charged with a particularly serious offense, the State may seek to have them treated as an adult and be subject to adult criminal penalties if convicted. If convicted as a juvenile, the possible penalties for juvenile offense include but are not limited to:
- Out-of-home placement in a detention facility for a period of time
- Cognitive behavioral training or counseling
If you, or your child, have been charged with a juvenile offense crime in Minnesota, you need to retain the services of a qualified, passionate and knowledgeable Minneapolis criminal defense attorney who will be your voice in the criminal justice system. You need the skill of a lawyer who has a proven track record when it comes to fighting juvenile crime charges. My offices are fully prepared to handle your case.