Murfreesboro Juvenile Law Attorneys Protect the Short-Term and Long-Term Interests of Minors
Two sides of the law
Juveniles are those under 18 who have not previously been tried as an adult. Juvenile law refers to both the law dealing with prosecuting delinquent minors and the adjudication of cases where the parents or guardians have not properly cared for them.
Children are our future, so the criminal justice system at this stage is focused on getting juveniles the help they need so they can move on in a positive way and have successful lives as adults. At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley our dedicated Murfreesboro juvenile law attorneys work closely with the juvenile justice system. Our goal is to help accused juveniles get the right court-ordered options for them and their family.
The process of juvenile justice
The Tennessee courts have a separate system of juvenile courts. These courts have jurisdiction over many issues involving juveniles, including:
- Deciding whether children have been abused or neglected
- Determining custody
- Terminating parental rights
- Committing children to the custody of the Department of Children Services
- Adjudicating traffic violations of those under 18
- Enforcing school attendance
- Ordering medical treatment for developmentally disabled children
- Transferring serious delinquency cases to criminal court, to be tried as adults
Punishments for juvenile offenders
Determining the appropriate course of action for juvenile offenders centers on the best place for the offender to get help and counseling. It can range from providing the juvenile counseling, to home detention, to detention in a local facility specializing in the type of care the juvenile needs (like substance abuse), or placement in one of the state’s three prison-like youth development centers.
The most serious option, however, is transferring the juvenile to criminal court to be tried as an adult. This is reserved for the most serious offenses. Normally this option is reserved for those 16 years or older. However, if a minor under 16 is accused of murder, rape, aggravated robbery, or kidnapping, that minor can be transferred as well.
Expungement of juvenile records
Many parents are concerned that their child’s juvenile record can hurt them in the future if prospective employers see it. However, Tennessee law allows most juvenile court records to be destroyed (or expunged). Our respected juvenile law attorneys work with you to use this law so that your children begin their working lives with a clean record.
Abuse of Juveniles
The other side of the juvenile law deals with the State taking action to remove custody of children if they’ve suffered abuse or neglect. If you’re a parent who has been accused of abusing or neglecting your child, and the Department of Child Services is threatening to take your child away, seek our legal guidance.
Contact experienced Murfreesboro juvenile law attorneys today for a free consultation
Whether you’re the parent of a troubled juvenile, or a parent that has been accused of abusing or neglecting your child, our compassionate Murfreesboro juvenile law attorneys protect your interests and guide you through important decisions. Call us at 615-893-1331 or contact us online today for a free consultation.