Juveniles Have A Right To An Attorney

Minor children who are arrested or referred to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) can face vastly different futures, depending on the charges. Some will receive probation or be required to go through diversionary programs. Others will be sentenced to DJJ detention facilities. The help of an experienced defense lawyer can affect the path that your child takes.

I am Adam Young, a former prosecutor and experienced criminal law attorney serving the Charleston area. I understand the importance of keeping children out of juvenile detention. Generally, it is better for the child to receive the help he or she needs than to be punished. I work with families to find the underlying cause of the child's issues. The consequences of having a juvenile record can be serious, and I want to see your child work toward a better future.

I can defend your child against any criminal charge, including drunk driving, underage drinking, drug possession, shoplifting and assault.

When possible, I argue for diversionary programs such as drug court or juvenile arbitration instead of prosecution. This helps to address the issues the child is having and keeps him or her out of the justice system.

If the state decides to prosecute, a family court judge will hear the case and find the juvenile not delinquent (not guilty) or delinquent (guilty). Because there is no jury in these cases, it is important to have a lawyer represent your child before the judge.

If found delinquent, the juvenile may be put on probation or sentenced to a determinate (fixed amount of time) or an indeterminate commitment in a DJJ detention facility. In cases involving serious offenses or juveniles with prior offenses, sentences may continue after their 21st birthday in an adult detention center.

Your Child Deserves A Strong Defense

For a free consultation, please call me in Charleston at 843-619-7755 or 866-626-3860. You may also contact me online.