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Juvenile Crimes

If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime in Oklahoma there are some things you need to know:

If your child is a minor and is faced with charges for a serious crime you need experience to guide you both through the legal process. You need to protect your loved ones from having their lives destroyed because of this serious error in judgment on their part. Your child needs a second chance. You need an attorney who has dealt with state and federal cases in Oklahoma.

If you or your child is under the age of 18 years, you can fall under the juvenile crime code. You can still be punished and still face heavy penalties. That is why you need an attorney who is familiar with federal and state juvenile codes in the state of Oklahoma. You need someone who understands that the main goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate and reeducate our children rather than punish them and destroy their lives.

You need someone on your side, especially if the juvenile court waives or relinquishes their jurisdiction. If this does happen, a person under the age of 18 can be tried as an adult under the adult penal code. This can potentially be devastating for the person, even ruin their adult lives. You need someone who has dealt with these cases in Oklahoma before:

Assault and battery
Aggravated assault
Drug offenses
Public indecency
First degree murder
Justifiable homicide
Second or third degree murder
Sex crimes
Other public offenses

Any act that is a crime committed by someone who is considered under age is generally covered by the Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act. This federal act defines certain rules and laws which each state must comply with regarding procedures and punishments of our youth.

The role federal laws have in this field have funded and set standards for juvenile crimes and delinquency in Oklahoma. The sole purpose of this act, passed in 1968 and revised in 1972, is to assist local communities in providing preventative services for our youth to aid them in changing behaviors before they become adults and to help train youths in occupations that can give them the confidence to move on. This act also includes training individuals to assist the youths and provides services and assistance in this community based field.

Adult crimes carried out by our youths today can wreck havoc on their lives. The punishments and correctional measures for adults are not necessarily effective on our youth. That is why it is important to have someone by your side to help you through this difficult process and lead you through the legal system. If you are facing the juvenile legal system either locally or federally you need someone who has experience in the particular way the Oklahoma state system works. You need someone to represent and defend you, someone that has the experience and skill to deal with your unique case.

Whether you are charged by the state of Oklahoma or federally, by the US Attorney’s office you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you so it’s important that you discover how to find the right Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer for your charges. You can also go to my testimonial and example cases page to read about some actual cases.