A juvenile (minor) is classified by state and federal law as any person under the legal age of an adult. The legal age of an adult can vary state to state; however, in most states any person under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile. In several states, such as New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina, a juvenile is age 16 or less, and in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, a juvenile is age 17 or less. Wyoming is the only state that has established the age of juveniles to be 19 or younger (Juvenile Justice: An Introduction – Third Edition, John T. Whitehead and Steven P. Lab, Anderson Publishing, 1999).
In many instances, if a juvenile commits a crime the state will hold the juvenile’s parents responsible for any criminal fines or restitution acquired by the juvenile. Just because a juvenile has been arrested and accused of committing a crime, doesn’t mean they’re guilty. It is in your best interest to obtain private legal counsel to fight your case.
Even with a clean record and NO minor or serious offenses against you, you can still face jail time for committing a crime. It is very important that you hire an attorney to handle your case, facing the justice system alone will not warrant the results a criminal defense attorney can achieve for you.
Our criminal defense lawyers fight for you! Your rights as an individual are the single most important part to our law firm. Our skilled staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and assist your throughout your case. Joey Gilbert & Associates, Ltd. provide aggressive trial attorneys for your case.
If you’ve been arrested and charged as a juvenile, contact Joey Gilbert & Associates, Ltd. for a free consultation and case evaluation – 775-284-7700 or Toll Free 888-640-4313.