For juveniles charged with crimes, consequences can be very severe. For a juvenile, the future is wide open and opportunities are everywhere but a criminal record can instantly close many of those doors of opportunity. If you are found guilty of a crime as a juvenile, you may find many doors become closed including educational institutions, employers and organizations that do not permit entry to those with criminal records. At The Darling Law Firm we have extensive experience in protecting the rights of juveniles against criminal charges. When necessary, we are also able to provide resources and support needed to get juveniles back on track. We effectively employ experts, defenses, suppression motions and other tactics to defend juveniles against the state’s charges.
Before your child is even charged, the prosecution is working hard to build their case against him or her. By the time your child is arrested, the prosecution has amassed evidence and knows what they intend to charge your son or daughter with. You need a serious criminal defense firm that will aggressively represent your child against the charges and choosing the wrong lawyer can be disastrous. Retaining The Darling Law Firm is the right first step in building your child’s defense. Being labeled as “troubled” by law enforcement can lead to what feels like harassment as the juvenile may be frequently stopped while driving or spending time with friends so that the police can make sure the juvenile “is staying out of trouble” and this often leads to further charges. The right attorney can help to alter the perception law enforcement has about a juvenile after the juvenile has been charged with a crime.
If we accept your case, from the moment we begin our sole focus is to obtain a dismissal of the charges against your child. The defense attorneys at The Darling Law Firm obtain the facts from your child, speak with any witnesses they offer and investigate any alibis. We immediately request all police reports, learn the testimony of witnesses the state intends to employ against the juvenile and if they have any actual evidence. Traffic stops, anonymous tips from “friends” seeking to avoid penalties for their own crimes and other similar circumstances are often at the root of charges against juveniles and are subject to specific rules including the need for search warrants or exceptions to the warrant requirement. They are also all opportunities for us to seek a dismissal of the charges. We will file motions to suppress any illegal evidence. If all suppression motions are exhausted and dismissal is impossible, we work to minimize the charges and penalties. Often we are able to obtain entry into diversionary programs in order to avoid your child having a criminal record which will serve to haunt them throughout life.
Trust our experience in the following juvenile criminal matters:
- Drug charges
- Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in a motor vehicle
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
- Possession of CDS in a School Zone
- Sex Crimes
- School and Administrative Issues
- Breaking and Entering
- Gang-related Crimes
- Kids with ADD, ADHD, TBI
We understand the impact that criminal charges can have on defendants and their families. We will treat your case with discretion and make every effort to minimize the effect of the charges on the juvenile’s future. We aggressively defend juveniles and, if there is no way to obtain a dismissal early in the case, or diversionary program we will fight hard at trial. If your child has been charged with a crime, call The Darling Law Firm now at 973-584-6200 or use the contact form below to begin working with tough attorneys who have the experience you need to protect your child.