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You can protect your child against charges outside juvenile court

If a juvenile is charged with a crime, this can be a very serious moment in his or her life. A charge now could be sealed at the age of 18, but certain types can affect a child or minor for the long term. Other times, a particularly heinous crime might be tried in an adult court, risking a child's future.

If your child has to go to juvenile court, there are some guidelines that have to be met. For example, those under the age of 7 usually can't be tried in court. Instead, a parent may be held liable for the child's actions.

If your child is between the ages of 7 and 15, he or she will be a candidate for juvenile court. Normally, minors between the ages of 12 and 18 are taken to juvenile court, but it's possible that the prosecution could try to take your child to an adult court if the crime was serious.

It is possible for your child's case to be handled off the record. If this is the case, your attorney may advise you that anything that the judge says or does is simply informal. The police officer or judge who takes care of the matter may offer several types of remedies including paying a fine, repaying a victim of a monetary crime or participating in community service. If the juvenile court believes that the child is acting out as a result of abuse, it is possible that the court could initiate proceedings to take away the child from his or her parents.

If you feel that your child is at risk due to participating in a crime, the first step is typically to speak with an attorney who is familiar with juvenile court cases. Our website has more information about what you can do to protect your child.

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