New York prosecutes children differently than adults. If your child has been accused of a crime in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island, you must understand the complexities of the juvenile justice system. You need a juvenile crime lawyer in New York City to explain these complexities to you.
Children Accused of Serious Crimes
I’m a juvenile crime lawyer in New York City with more than 20 years of experience handling these complicated cases. I understand the raw emotions families face when fearing the worst after their child is accused of serious criminal charges, such as:
- Drunk driving
- Drug offenses
- Shoplifting and theft
- Sex crimes
- Weapons offenses
Fear of the unknown creates so much anxiety. Contact my New York defense firm to learn how I can help address your fears about the legal system.
Two Court Systems
Juveniles are prosecuted in two courts: Criminal Court and Family Court.
The proceedings in Criminal Court and Family Court differ in many ways. For example, Family Court proceedings do not involve plea bargaining to the same extent as criminal courts. For this reason, Family Court proceedings are more likely to go to trial than Criminal Court proceedings.
Family Court trials are decided by individual judges. Criminal Court trials are usually decided by juries. At the initial Family Court appearance, the child will be either released or detained. Unlike Criminal Court, Family Court does not release children on bail. When juveniles are detained in Family Court, trials typically occur more quickly than they do in Criminal Court.