Juvenile Law – Criminal Justice Attorney
Anyone under the age of 18 that is alleged to have committed an act that would be criminal if done by an adult, may end up in the juvenile court system. Juvenile court is a thing unto itself. It is superficially similar to adult court, but it is also wildly different. This is because the purpose of juvenile court is to rehabilitate the juvenile before adulthood.
Juvenile Cases & WHY YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY
ost juvenile cases begin with either an arrest and detention or a summons to appear. Juveniles that are detained must be seen by a judge in order to continue the detention. Juveniles that are not detained are mailed a copy of the allegations made against them along with a letter advising them to appear with parents or guardian at an intake conference. The purpose of this meeting is to “get to know” the juvenile and his or her family.
After the intake conference, the case goes to court for a trial, called an Adjudication Hearing. A trial in a juvenile courtroom involves no jurors – only the judge decides if the delinquent (or criminal act) was proven by the Commonwealth beyond a reasonable doubt. After an adjudication, and if the juvenile is deemed by the judge to be delinquent, she or he will be placed on probation. This may involve the juvenile’s removal from the home, community service, weekends away from home, etc.
Following adjudication, a juvenile will return to court periodically for review hearings. These are done to determine the juveniles’ progress on probation.
Criminal Defense Attorney Consultation and Representation
Lawyers that practice often in juvenile court, such as Mr. Logan, are often asked about expunging juvenile court records. The answer to the question is complex and depends on the charges to which the juvenile was deemed delinquent, whether the District Attorney consented to the expungement, whether the case resolved without an adjudication (by placement on a consent decree or informal adjustment), and other matters. The only way to answer the question is consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, such as Mr. Logan, knowledgeable about juvenile provisions of the criminal history records act.
“TOM ACHIEVED RESULTS FOR ME THAT NO ONE EXPECTED,”
well above and beyond what his own goals for the case were. He was kind, compassionate and always made me feel like an honorable human being despite the trouble I found myself in. He was easy to reach, responded always in a very timely manner, and was well prepared. I would recommend Tom to anyone in need of legal representation.
“GETTING IN TO LEGAL TROUBLE IS NEVER FUN.”
The first thing that stuck out to me was how quickly Tom reached out to me after doing an online inquiry. Because of the nature of my case it required immediate attention and he save me a lot of headaches. Secondly, my anxiety throughout was put to rest as I knew I was in good hands and that Mr. Logan would go above and beyond to protect my interests. I could not be more satisfied with the representation I received and the advice I was given. He's as good as it gets.
“I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION.”
Tom was very prepared and ready for any possible outcome during my entire defense. His aggressive strategy, in my particular case, caused the DA to over look charges that no doubt would have been added if they had enough time to properly investigate. If those charges were added, it would have been very easy for them to prove my guilt and I would have lost everything. For this I am utmost grateful for Tom's stunning work! However what meant more to me than his remarkable representation was that he genuinely cared about my well being. Wisdom can be offered by all ages, and Tom shared a lot of it with me.
“A LAWYER YOU CAN COUNT ON,”
I was so grateful to have Thomas Logan assigned to my case. He immediately helped put my mind at ease by focusing on information and best next steps. Together we devised a plan and put our plan into action. I trusted that he would guide me towards the most favorable outcome for my case and he did. I highly recommend this lawyer with complete confidence.
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