Juvenile Charges in Pennsylvania?
Understanding the Pennsylvania Juvenile Courts
Your child is entitled to be represented by an
attorney at every stage of the juvenile justice process. Having an experienced
juvenile defense attorney can increase the chance that his or her case will be
resolved fairly and end favorably. Knowing that you have a strong
and experienced legal advocate on your side can also put your
mind at ease during a stressful time.
I know you are concerned about the long term implications of a
juvenile charge, and how that can impact a young person's criminal
record and his or her future.
We can discuss specific details in a free legal consultation. But here is a
basic outline of the juvenile court process as it plays out in Pennsylvania.
Also see my page on the juvenile
arrest process in Pennsylvania.
Adjudication simply refers
to the trial process in juvenile courts. If your child is
“adjudicated” this means they have been found guilty of the charges
The adjudicatory hearing is the trial where
your child’s guilt will be at question.
Before the hearing
Before the adjudicatory hearing your son or
daughter will be subjected to many smaller hearings and meetings.
During this time, it would be my job to work with the prosecutor and
the probation office to see if some sort of agreement could be met
on your child’s fate.
Similar to plea agreements, many juvenile cases
are resolved before they ever reach the adjudicatory hearing.
The adjudicatory hearing resembles a criminal
trial in many aspects. This is where it will be determined if your
child will be classified as a delinquent. As your child’s defense
attorney it would be my duty to ensure their rights were protected
throughout the hearing and their side of the story was accurately
If your child is adjudicated, the disposition is where the judge
will determine the penalty they will face. Depending on your child’s
offense, they could potentially serve a period of time in a
detention center, if we are talking about a serious criminal charge.
I would do everything in my power to assist
your child during this stage, striving to an end where your child
can remain in the home and possibly serve probation in lieu of
There are many variables that can change how
your child’s case will move through the Pennsylvania system of
Juvenile Courts. In some cases, albeit few, the prosecution could
actually move to have your child’s case heard in adult court,
with adult charges, and adult penalties.
Given the chance, I would work tirelessly to
ensure your child gets another chance. Together, you and I can work
with your child’s best interests in mind.
Call me today to discuss the next step in the
case against your child.
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