KING COUNTY JUVENILE COURTHOUSE
1121 E. Alder Street, Seattle WA
It is common for juveniles, especially teenagers, to lack good judgment or test the limits of the law. Unfortunately, those bad choices have real legal ramifications. Not only can these charges have immediate consequences, but can affect employment prospects, college admissions, fitness for military service and even the ability to obtain student loans. If your child is convicted of a sex offense, your child could be forced to register as a sex offender as an adult or 10 years from the time of the incident.
Free Juvenile Case Evaluation Process
If your child has been charged with a crime we will start with a free case evaluation interview.
First, I will interview you (the parent) and your son or daughter together. I'll ask you about the charges and ask for your child's version of events.
Second, I will ask the parent to leave the room and interview your child alone. Often times a child is “less than 100% forthright” with a parent in the room. It is essential that I know exactly what happened. A version of events that is not 100% honest can leave a juvenile lawyer to be blindsided by the prosecution.
Third, I will interview the parent alone. I may ask you about your child's past behavior, criminal history, and medical history. It is essential that we mount a defense that is not simply based on the events that occurred the day your child was arrested. Behavioral issues, family history, parental divorce/abandonment and medications are just some of the factors that may have contributed to your son or daughter being charged with a crime. It is important to have an experienced juvenile attorney on your side, protecting your child's future.
Under RCW 13.40.0357 the State of Washington has alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders. These alternative sentences can include community service and deferred prosecution. A deferred prosecution can mean that if your child completes the assigned community service, punishment or pays fines or restitution within a prescribed period (generally 6-12 months), then the government will decline to prosecute the case.
In juvenile courts there are generally more types of alternative sentences available than in adult criminal courts. These alternative sentences generally depend on the jurisdiction. The goal of alternative sentencing is to protect the adult future of your child. In many cases an experienced Juvenile attorney can secure an alternative sentence for your child and minimize the long-term effects of a lapse in judgment.