Juvenile Crimes Defense Attorney in Everett, WA
Juveniles, anyone under the age of 18, are prone to make mistakes and often engage in riskier activities than adults. Unfortunately, a single lapse in judgment can unknowingly lead to an arrest and a possible criminal conviction. Defense attorney Sheehy understands the stresses a criminal charge can have on a family and the negative connotation a conviction has on a person’s reputation. Many juvenile respondents and their families do not understand that a criminal conviction can have far reaching consequences and may impact your child’s ability to receive federal student aid, admission into college, or future employment opportunities. As an Officer in the military and a former Snohomish County Juvenile Division Deputy Prosecutor, Mr. Sheehy is keenly aware of the effects a conviction can have on employment opportunities in the military, governmental agencies, state and federal law enforcement positions, or jobs in the private sector.
We can help whether your underage son or daughter was with the wrong crowd or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mr. Sheehy knows the defenses and arguments that will be successful in and out of court. We have helped clients in and near Snohomish County whose minor child have been charged with a variety of crimes including underage drinking, assault charges ,
theft crimes ,
sexual assault ,
drug possession ,
street racing and others. We firmly believe that your child deserves strong and knowledgeable representation. It is vital that you contact an
Everett criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, PLLC if your underage son or daughter has been arrested or charged with a crime.
How an Everett Juvenile Crimes Attorney May Help
Washington has a Juvenile Court System separate from the adult criminal courts to handle offenses committed by minors. Minors do not have a right to a jury trial so a judge will determine guilt or innocence. Mr. Sheehy will review the evidence to determine the strength of the State’s case and set it for trial or attempt to resolve it in a favorable manner.
Favorable dispositions include:
- diversion - a program that holds minor offenders accountable without the expense, stigma, and trauma of formal prosecution in court
- expedited - a felony charge is reduced to a gross misdemeanor offense and time in detention is limited
- deferred adjudication - the minor pleads guilty and the case is dismissed after a period of time
While the state generally prefers rehabilitation as opposed to strict punishment in the form of detention, the exact punishment for a juvenile conviction varies depending on the severity of the offense. For violent crimes, a minor may be tried as an adult and subject to adult sentencing.
Michael P. Sheehy is very knowledgeable about the Juvenile Courts and works diligently to get the best outcome possible for his clients. Contact our firm and we will review your options and your chances to keep your son or daughter's criminal record clean.
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