Juvenile Crimes in Massachusetts are litigated through the Juvenile Courts, and although the criminal offense is very similar in nature to the 'adult crime', the penalties and collateral consequences can be different. If your child or family member has been charged with a Juvenile Crime in Massachusetts, you obviously want him or her to be represented by a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the ramifications of what a juvenile conviction can do to their future.
The Massachusetts Juvenile Courts' goal is to rehabilitate children or teenagers charged with criminal offenses. Judges are often sensitive to those charged with a juvenile crime, and in many minor cases, are open to punishing the juvenile offender with a term of probation or community service. In other, perhaps more serious cases, your child might be charged as an adult notwithstanding their age. In these cases, your child could then be facing commitment to the Department of Youth Services, or in some cases, the same penalties and criminal consequences as an adult would for that particular criminal offense. A Juvenile Crime charge could also affect their placement and advancement for future schooling, employment; and could also impact them in the community and socially as they mature.
Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has experience in defending Juvenile Crimes and knows how to best protect your child or loved one from having a criminal conviction follow them for the rest of their lives.
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