Juvenile Lawyer in West Chester
Our firm is experienced in defending and representing individuals under the age of 18 (juveniles or minors) who are facing serious misdemeanor and felony criminal charges as well as non traffic summary matters. It is recommended to consult with a Juvenile Lawyer if you suspect or have been notified of a pending criminal investigation or arrest by your child or loved one.
Juvenile Court often matters arise when the Juvenile Probation Office is referred a complaint from the police alleging criminal misconduct by a minor (under the age of 17). Once the District Attorney’s office acknowledges their intent to prosecute the juvenile, the Juvenile Probation Office notifies the parents in writing to them to appear for an initial interview. It is very important that a juvenile has the benefit of legal counsel and legal advice before appearing for the interview or speaking with the police. Contact us by EMAIL or by contacting us at (610) 692-8700 or toll free at (877) 529-2422.
Understanding the Impact of a Criminal Prosecution Against Your Adolescent Child
The impression or assumption that an adjudication or conviction of juvenile crimes automatically disappear as soon as a juvenile turns 18 is a mistaken, as is the assumption that the Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction over an individual adjudicated delinquent automatically ends at age 18. Do not let your child be the victim of your ignorance of the law, whether your child is facing prosecution in Chester County Juvenile Court, Lancaster County Juvenile Court, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Delaware County Juvenile Court or the other area Juvenile Courts in the area.
Juvenile Court Proceedings Are Not Always Private
Everyone assumes that a juvenile court proceeding is private and that a juvenile court proceeding in Chester County or anywhere in Pennsylvania is kept confidential but that is not always the case. The courtroom can be made public if the offense is serious offense including if the Juvenile is 14 or old at the time of the offense and the charges are felonies; or at 12 or older and the offenses are:
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Aggravated Assault
- Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse
- Robbery of a Motor Vehicle; or
- Attempt or Conspiracy of the above charges
In addition, your school will be notified of the offenses if you are adjudicated delinquent. In the event of an adjudication of a felony, your school will be notified of the charges, your treatment reports and prior history. Before its too late, speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss your pending juvenile offenses and what steps can be taken to protect your family. Contact us by EMAIL or by contacting us at (610) 692-8700 or toll free at (877) 529-2422.
Juvenile Records Can be Used In Adult Criminal Proceedings
A juvenile conviction, whether it occurs in Chester County or Lehigh County or Philadelphia can come to haunt a juvenile as he enters adulthood and faces adult criminal charges. A court can consider a juvenile record when considering to grant bail; whether to grant probation on misdemeanor offenses, sentencing on felonies and it is a consideration in federal court sentencing. A Juvenile adjudication or conviction does matter.
- Pre-charge Juvenile representation
- Juvenile Probation Interviews
- Juvenile Court representation
- Summary Level representation including underage drinking and retail theft
- Drug and alcohol related offenses
- Underage DUI Offenses
- School related crimes
- High School Crimes
- College Offenses
- Assault and violent crimes
- Breaking and entering and burglary
- Harassment and stalking
- Marijuana possession and use
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, our Pennsylvania Juvenile lawyers are both passionate in what they do and compassionate in their treatment of their minor and underage clients facing juvenile charges, juvenile arrest, juvenile detention and juvenile probation. You deserve a Pennsylvania Juvenile lawyer that is available when you need him, treats you with respect, and protects your rights vigorously.
Based in suburban Philadelphia at 304 North High Street, West Chester PA 19380, we make your choice all the clearer with locations throughout the metropolitan Philadelphia Pennsylvania, including Center City Philadelphia, West Chester PA, Malvern (serving Downingtown/Exton PA), Kennett Square PA, Lancaster PA, King of Prussia PA, Plymouth Meeting PA, Radnor and Springfield PA.
We serve Downingtown, Paoli, Media, Norristown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading and Allentown. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania Juvenile Attorney at Ciccarelli Lawyers, by contacting us at (610) 692-8700 or toll free at (877) 529-2422.