Youth make mistakes. They should not be branded a “sex offender” or a “felon”
Kids make mistakes. But in the eyes of the law children as young as 12 can be arrested, charged and incarcerated the same as an adult. Accusations of felonies, sex offences, felony assaults and vandalism can have lifelong consequences. So it's vital to avoid making incriminating statements or other mistakes that can lead to criminal charges.
It's a common misconception that juvenile courts are more lenient. The fact is that it's the prosecutor's job to prosecute crimes, not to give children the benefit of the doubt. They do not share the understanding of a caring parent. Even if a child is adjudicated, a record of their arrest can remain for years. This can affect their chances of a good education and a future career.
The most serious charges are juvenile sex offenses and felony assaults. A sex offense charge in juvenile court is as serious as an adult charge but the rules for kids charged with sex offenses are different. The courts are different, the prosecutor is a special prosecutor, one whose job is only to charge kids with sex offenses. In King County Juvenile Court, the highest volume of juvenile criminal charges and juvenile sex offenses are prosecuted; their sex offense prosecutor has been in this position for years. We too have been working against this prosecutor for years and have had success both in trial and in negotiations. The experts needed to defend against these sex offense charges are specialized.
With the stakes so high on a young person's future, it's vital to get a sex offense lawyer who is also a juvenile law defense attorney immediately to protect your child's legal rights.
We have been sex offense and assault defense lawyers for kids since 1995.
While the system can be tough, there are more lenient options available other than jail. Many first time offences can carry a ‘local sanction', such as community supervision (probation), community service or a fine. Even a more serious sex offense charge can be handled by probation. But to gain these more lenient sentences you need a defense attorney in Seattle with extensive experience of how the juvenile court system works.
With dual careers spanning nearly two decades, we have helped parents and their children to gain the best result, and not just a satisfactory one. We have helped youths from all types of communities, including Mercer Island, Bellevue, Issaquah, Seattle, Bothell, Kenmore, Everett, Auburn, Kent and Bainbridge. We have protected thousands of good kids with promising futures who are falsely accused or who have made a mistake. We work hard to make the system care about our juvenile clients and their futures.
We understand that seeing your child charged with a crime can be a very worrying time. We strive to keep parents informed and part of the team that is protecting a child's future.
Contact us to discuss your child's case and how we can provide immediate help. (206) 933-2414