Juvenile Defense: My child has been charged with a crime. What should we do?

What should I expect if a petition is filed against me for an offense? If a petition is filed against you, you have certain constitutional rights such as: the right to notice of the charges filed against you; the right not to incriminate yourself; the right to counsel in your juvenile defense; and the right to cross examine your accusers. You and your parents will receive notice of charges filed against you, and the date of your adjudicatory hearing (to decide your guilt or innocence). You may choose to plead guilty or not guilty during this phase. If you plead guilty or are found to be guilty...

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Criminal Defense: What happens if my child is arrested?

In recent years there has been an increase in serious crimes committed by juveniles. As a result there is a greater push to try youthful offenders as adults at a younger age. If this happens it's important to understand you'll need a criminal defense attorney.  In South Carolina, you can be charged as an adult for some serious offenses if you are as young as age 16. What happens when a minor is arrested? When a juvenile is taken into custody by the police in South Carolina, the parents or responsible adults are notified and asked to come to the police station. ...

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