Spokane Juvenile Charge Attorneys
Conviction on a juvenile charge can rapidly change the trajectory of a child's life. Fortunately, minors facing a juvenile charge have alternative sentencing options available. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you examine all of your child's options and come up with a plan that is in the juvenile's best interest. At the Spokane Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we take the defense of juvenile crimes very seriously and will do all we can to protect your child's future and your freedom.
When Your Future and Freedom Are at Risk
Contact the Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps
If your son or daughter has been brought in on a juvenile charge, there will be an automatic detention hearing within one to two days of the arrest. If the juvenile court system is new to you and your family, you want to talk to an experienced defense lawyer who can help you understand what to expect from the process.
While the state must provide a public defender, they are generally not available on short notice. We understand that you want to reach someone and get answers immediately. We also understand that your child's future hangs in the balance, and we are ready to address all of your concerns during a free initial consultation.
There are no juries in juvenile cases, rather all issues are decided by a judge. If your child faces any of the following juvenile charges, we can help:
- DUI Defense
- Drug Crimes
- Robbery, Burglary, Shoplifting
- Murder, Homicide, Manslaughter
- Rape, Molestation
We also protect the rights of minors charged as adults. If possible, we will fight to reduce the charges to juvenile crime charges. If not, we know how to handle the rigors of the criminal courts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Juvenile Charge Consequences
The juvenile court structure differs from the adult criminal court structure because it is based on rehabilitation, not just punishment. The maximum penalty for a juvenile charge is incarceration until age twenty-one. We will always explore every alternative sentencing option available.
Since negotiation is such an important part of the juvenile law process, you want to make sure you speak with an experienced lawyer about your strategy before your child's detention hearing. Talk to an experienced attorney and discover what to expect. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.