New York City Juvenile Crime Attorney
Defending Minors Against Criminal Charges in Queens
Juvenile crimes are committed like any other crimes; the offender is accused
of making a decision to commit an act that is known to be unlawful, such as
drug crimes, gang-related crimes or even
theft crimes in addition to many others. For offenders who are under the age of 18
and still considered to be minors, these are classified as juvenile crimes
and are generally handled in the juvenile court system. If your child
has been charged with a crime and is in danger of facing severe consequences,
speaking with a
New York City criminal defense attorney should be your first step toward a resolution.
We represent clients facing criminal charges throughout all of New York,
including Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Rockland County and
How are minors prosecuted in Queens & NYC?
While New York State demonstrates a firm punishment-based solution for
adult offenders, rehabilitation efforts are much more widely made when
it comes to children convicted of a crime. The state believes that minors
who break the law should be punished for their actions, but this punishment
should not have consequences that last beyond their youth. According to
the New York Courts, juveniles must be represented by an attorney at their
hearing. These hearings are different than criminal hearings in many ways.
These are called "fact finding hearings" and they do not have
a jury. Juvenile cases are a part of the New York Family Court system.
Explanation of the Fact-Finding Hearing
According to the New York Courts,
At the fact-finding hearing, the presentment agency must prove its case
through witnesses and other evidence. The respondent's attorney may
cross-examine the witnesses and may present witnesses and evidence for
the respondent. If the presentment agency proves the case beyond a reasonable
doubt, the judge makes a "finding" that the respondent committed
some or all of the acts described in the petition. If the case has not
been proven, the judge will dismiss the petition.
In the event that a finding is made, the judge assigned to the case can
then schedule a dispositional hearing. The juvenile will then be observed
at home and at school for behavior. After these evaluations, the juvenile
will then either be sentenced to a juvenile detention facility or be released
Children and teenagers who are found guilty of these crimes are often sent
to detention facilities in lieu of jail or prison, as the focus is geared
toward rehabilitation rather than punishment. This theory of rehabilitation
is emphasized perhaps most strongly upon fulfillment of a juvenile sentence,
where the young offender has the opportunity to seek that their record
is sealed. This is especially important because this means that the past
mistakes of youth do not have to have life-long consequences.
Retain 100 Years' Combined Legal Experience
Musa-Obregon & Associates believes that young people who make mistakes in their childhood should
not suffer consequences that affect their adulthood. First and foremost,
their firm will take the time to build a strong case towards the innocence
of children and adolescents who have been charged with a crime, and they
will fight hard to make sure that the best possible resolution is reached.
Has your child been arrested or criminally charged in Queens or NYC? Please
contact a Manhattan juvenile crime attorney from the firm for help defending their rights and fighting for their future!