A criminal conviction on your child's record can have a devastating effect on his or her future. Getting into the school of his or choice, future employment opportunities, securing housing and many other facets of your child's life could suffer significantly because of a juvenile criminal record. In situations like these, it is critical that you hire an attorney who has experience with juvenile cases and the juvenile court system. Your child's future is on the line in these situations, and, in many ways, your choice of defense attorney can directly impact which direction your child's future goes.
We Understand the Unique Needs of Juvenile Offenders and Their Families
At Jurdem, LLC, our Colorado juvenile lawyers provide aggressive defense representation to minors facing charges for all types of crimes. We fully understand the gravity of the situation before you. Everything we do in these cases is focused on preserving your child's rights and future. We keep parents completely informed at every step in the process and involve them in every decision that needs to be made. We work side by side with you, diligently pursuing the best possible result for your child.
We take juvenile court matters as seriously as adult matters, and will analyze your child's case for legal issues and trial defenses as zealously as we do for our adult clients. On the other hand, we always remain attentive to the unique issues presented when a child is accused in a court of law, and vigilant in seeking both resolution and litigation options in your child's case that are not necessarily available to adult clients.
When your child is accused of a crime, and the prosecution is not seeking to charge him or her as an adult, your child is still facing the potential consequence of a juvenile "adjudication," the juvenile system's equivalent of an adult conviction. A juvenile adjudication can affect your child's future, and is always accessible to law enforcement queries on a background check. Accused juveniles are individuals protected by both the United States and Colorado Constitutions, yet they and their parents are often unaware of the various avenues for potential relief under the law.
Avoiding Direct File
Juveniles can be charged with all the same crimes as an adult. Depending on the nature of the offense, juveniles age 14 or older can have charges filed against them in adult court under the Direct File rule. Direct files are typically reserved for the most serious offenses such as violent crimes. We do everything in our power to keep your child's case in juvenile court, but we are fully prepared to handle the case at the adult court level, if necessary.
Our goal is always to avoid a conviction in these cases, recognizing of course that sometimes a plea to lesser charges is an outcome preferable to the likely outcome at trial. If your child is facing the possibility of having a conviction on his or her record, we advocate strongly for your child's admission into one of Boulder County's diversion programs.
Contact a Juvenile Defense Law Firm Today
Hiring an attorney experienced in juvenile delinquency law makes a difference in how the juvenile justice system treats your family, and in the outcome of your child's case. At Jurdem, LLC, you and your child will receive an unparalleled degree of personal attention and legal knowledge to ensure the best outcome possible.
For strong defense representation against any juvenile charge, the lawyers at Jurdem, LLC, in Boulder are ready to help. You can reach us by phone at 303-800-3509, toll free at 877-761-7852 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We accept major credit cards for our clients' convenience.