If your child is facing charges for a crime in Audubon, PA, they should not answer questions, speak with investigators, or say anything to anyone about their case until they have met with a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal conviction in Pennsylvania, even as a juvenile, can have lifelong consequences. If your child gets convicted as an adult, the ramifications are even more severe.
A juvenile criminal defense lawyer in Audubon, PA from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can fight for your child’s rights and protect their future. Our team can help your child move past this situation with their hopes and dreams intact. Our team offers a free evaluation to talk about your child’s case, get to know you, and go over your options.
To speak with a member of our team today, call 610-680-7842.
McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Can Protect Your Child’s Future From a Criminal Conviction
A juvenile can face any criminal charge. That goes for serious felonies, such as murder and rape, as well as misdemeanors and traffic offenses. An additional set of laws applies to juveniles only: strictures on underage drinking, truancy, and the like.
No matter the charges your child is facing, and no matter the evidence against them, the team at McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. can help lead your child to the best possible outcome.
Call us if your child is facing criminal charges for any of the following:
- Attempted homicide
- Auto theft
- Drug possession
- Drug sales
- Possession of a fake ID
- Sex crimes
- Underage consumption of alcohol
We Fight to Keep Your Child’s Case Out of Adult Court
The differences between a conviction in juvenile court and in adult court are monumental, which is why we do everything possible to keep your child’s case out of adult court.
With a juvenile conviction, your child can have their record expunged as an adult as long as they meet certain requirements. An adult conviction can haunt them forever, potentially costing them job opportunities and a host of other rights and liberties.
We Create Reasonable Doubt to Keep the Prosecution From Meeting Its Burden of Proof
In both juvenile and adult criminal cases, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution. We do not have to prove your child is innocent. We simply must create reasonable doubt, so the prosecution cannot prove your child is guilty.
We carefully review every angle of your child’s case, looking for holes in the prosecution’s case to generate that reasonable doubt.
In Cases of Clear and Obvious Guilt, We Push for Alternative Justice
In certain situations, the prosecution may have overwhelming evidence of your child’s guilt. It may not be possible to create reasonable doubt, but we can still fight to keep your child out of jail or juvenile detention and help them avoid a criminal record that haunts them forever.
In the many juvenile cases we have fought, we have had considerable success arguing for a sentence or punishment that does not include jail or detention. Alternative justice measures include drug or alcohol rehab, community service, and restitution.
We also fight to make sure your child can have their record expunged as long as they pay their debt to society and stay out of trouble in the future. Call us today for a free case evaluation: 610-680-7842.
How We Fight to Keep Your Child’s Case From Being Tried in Adult Court
Children under the age of 18 get tried in their own courts under a different set of rules. This is because we, as a society, have come to the agreement that the mistakes people make as juveniles should not follow them for the rest of their lives.
However, in certain situations involving major crimes, the state can elect to prosecute juveniles in adult court. If the state wants to try a minor as an adult, it can request a discretionary waiver or a presumptive waiver.
The prosecution may ask for a discretionary waiver to move a trial to adult court in any situation where a child age 14 or older faces felony charges. It is called a “discretionary” waiver because the court has the ultimate discretion over whether or not to move the trial.
In cases involving specific crimes committed by minors of specific ages, the court presumes the case should be tried in adult court instead of juvenile court. The prosecution can request and receive a presumptive waiver to have the trial moved.
Courts grant presumptive waivers in the following situations:
- A child of at least 14 faces charges for any felony involving a deadly weapon.
- A child of at least 15 faces charges for attempted murder, solicitation of murder, or manslaughter.
- A child of at least 15 faces charges for rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, or conspiracy to commit any of these crimes.
If the prosecution requests a discretionary or presumptive waiver, our team has tools to fight it and keep your child’s case out of adult court. Call us at 610-680-7842 for a free case evaluation.
Count on McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., to Fight for Your Child’s Future
A criminal conviction can hurt your child beyond their time in jail or juvenile detention. It can put a mark on their record that limits their future. They may face difficulty with:
- College admissions
- Student loans
- Military enlistment
- Driver’s license
- Apartment rentals
McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. will fight to prevent these charges from interfering with your child’s future. Our founding attorney, David McKenzie, is a former prosecutor. He understands how the other side approaches these cases and uses this knowledge to the benefit of his clients. Call 610-680-7842 for a free case evaluation today.
For a Free Case Evaluation with a Juvenile Defense Lawyer in Audubon, PA, Call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. at 610-680-7842
We know how the juvenile court system works in Pennsylvania, and we can help your child move past these charges with their future intact. Our team is eager to start working on your child’s defense. Call 610-680-7842 for a free case evaluation.