Tips for Hiring a Fresno Juvenile Criminal Attorney
May 21, 2014
It may seem as if juvenile offenses won't have a major impact on the future because juvenile records are typically sealed. However, juvenile cases need to be treated very seriously to try and minimize negative consequences for the future. The Mitchell Law Group has experience handling juvenile cases and recommends anyone charged with a crime as a juvenile hire an experienced Fresno Criminal Attorney.
Possible Long Term Consequences
Each juvenile case is different and while it is true that in some instances the records will be sealed allowing the juvenile to learn from their mistakes and become a productive citizen, this isn't always the case. Here are some possible negative outcomes:
- Juveniles can be charged as an adult depending on the specific charge.
- Juveniles may have to register as a sex offender on the Meghan's Law website. This would remain for the rest of their lives.
- The offense may count as the first strike under the Three Strikes Law.
Juvenile Defense Lawyer Selection
It is important to select a qualified, experienced juvenile defense lawyer to give the best chance to defend against the serious charges and avoid serious punishments. It is recommended that you set up a free consultation with the criminal defense attorney you are considering hiring. Through the consultation you will be able to determine if you trust the particular attorney. You will be able to ask questions about your situation and find out if the attorney has experience dealing with cases similar to yours. You need an attorney you are comfortable discussing the specifics of your case with. Ask how they will approach your defense and make sure you are comfortable with the answer. Ask if they have any testimonials from other clients and what their fee will be. If you do not receive straightforward answers to these questions, be careful. The lawyer should be upfront especially when letting you know about costs. Is it flat rate or charged by the hour?
Your defense attorney will be able to help you gather evidence to support your case. The attorney will also represent you in court. It is important you hire someone you are comfortable with, trust and someone who has experience handling juvenile criminal cases. Contact us at Mitchell Law Group to schedule your free consultation.
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.