Juvenile Law

Some acts are considered criminal only when minors commit them; these are called juvenile status offenses. In juvenile cases, a “status offense” involves conduct that would not be a crime if it was committed by an adult.  That means actions that are considered to be a violation of the law only because of the youth’s status as a minor (typically anyone under 18 years of age). Common examples of status offenses include underage drinking, skipping school, and violating a local curfew law. In an average year, approximately 20% of all juvenile arrests involve status offenses.

Additionally, when children can no longer be managed in their home, a “petition for unruly” will put them under probation of the Juvenile Court. Even though this is a tempting resolution for teenagers that need additional authority, remember that this will put the Juvenile Court Judge in control of ordering your family into counseling, removing your computer from your home, or incarcerating your child. Seeking legal advice of a competent professional prior to taking this action is highly recommended. Amanda Thornton Attorney At Law has experience representing juvenile status offenses and/or those who have been charged with a criminal offense. She has also represented parents in dependency proceedings in juvenile court against abuse and neglect charges.

Don’t make the mistake of not obtaining sound legal advice from a competent professional with a proven track record when dealing with situations as sensitive as juvenile criminal charges or options when dealing with an unruly teen. Amanda Thornton will simplify your situation by navigating you through these complexities.


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