The complex process of juvenile criminal justice

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2020 | Juvenile Law |

Legal proceedings might not be exactly what you expect. If you are like most, you might think of the law as attorneys standing up and arguing in front of a judge. 

A strong courtroom advocate is often a valuable ally — especially in matters that may go to trial, such as criminal defenses. However, court is just one possible stage of a complex and sometimes lengthy procedure, especially for juvenile defendants. 

First steps

Nearly every legal conflict has its basis in a real-life event. For criminal cases, the most important events are typically the allegedly illegal act, the investigation and the arrest. 

Representatives of the government must act appropriately during all of these stages. Suspects’ actions may also have a significant effect on the outcome of the case. 

For example, an investigator who breaks the law when gathering information could severely damage the prosecution’s ability to convict. On the other hand, people who make unnecessary statements during their arrest could jeopardize their futures. 

Even these first stages are complex and could have significant ramifications. Knowing what to do is difficult. 

Formal measures

The next step in the legal process is typically to negotiate based on an analysis of the facts. Logic is often the most important tool during a criminal defense. 

Criminal charges require specific conditions to result in convictions. If those conditions do not exist, judges should never order punishment. 

Possible remedies

Based on the information above, there are several possible outcomes for a juvenile criminal defense. The most advantageous would the prosecutor dropping the case because there is no valid evidence to support the allegations. 

The least desirable outcome would be a defendant voluntarily supplying information that the prosecution uses to secure a conviction. Testimony you volunteer as a parent could also provide support to the state. 

What you say and do matters, even at the beginning stages of investigation. Please understand the full context of all of your actions before making any decisions. 

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