Juvenile Defense Attorney in Wisconsin
When an individual is under the age of 17 and is accused of a crime, he or she ends up in juvenile court. A record of conviction in Wisconsin juvenile court follows the juvenile into adulthood and can cause serious problems. Our criminal defense attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow fight hard to protect children from unnecessary punishments that could jeopardize their futures.
Wisconsin Juvenile Courts
In Wisconsin, juvenile courts deal with many of the same crimes that adult courts handle. However, when the accused is under 17 years old, the charges are known as “juvenile delinquency.” Common juvenile delinquency charges include:
- Battery and domestic assault
- Drug crimes
- Drunk driving, DWI, DUI, OWI
- Sex crimes
- Other delinquency charges
A conviction in juvenile court can make the juvenile’s parents liable for up to $10,000 and cause even greater future problems for the minor like financial aid ineligibility. Our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to finding the best potential outcome for his clients.
Giving Children a Second Chance
Children make mistakes, and oftentimes, they don’t have the maturity to appreciate how their actions can affect the rest of their lives. Some common misconceptions in juvenile cases are that juvenile offenders are not taken seriously and that juvenile convictions are removed from the juvenile’s records when he or she turns 18 years of age. This is simply not true. Juveniles are regularly waived into adult court for serious offenses. Additionally, juvenile convictions can also have serious consequences such as mandatory sex offender registry reporting and/or firearms prohibitions that continue into adulthood.
With our help, juveniles are often able to obtain deferred prosecution agreements (where juveniles complete a probation period instead of being charged with the crime) or consent decrees. These types of arrangements allow children to undergo counseling, pay restitution and complete community service to avoid an adjudication of delinquency. If a deferred prosecution is not an available option, we can also work toward having the minor’s record expunged (erasing the conviction from the minor’s record).
Choose an Attorney Who Will Aggressively Fight for Your Rights!
We treat representation in juvenile crime matters just as seriously as representation for adult crimes. We will work to ensure that your child’s rights are protected and that police officers and prosecutors follow proper procedures. We have the experience and skills to effectively represent your child. For a no obligation consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow, call (715) 246-2211 toll free or contact us online. Wisconsin. Located in New Richmond, we serve clients throughout western Wisconsin and Minnesota.