If your child has been charged with juvenile assault, it is important to retain effective counsel for him or her right away. Juvenile assault, like all juvenile crimes involving violence, is especially frowned on by the court—whose ultimate goal is to rehabilitate the juvenile offender and help them learn non-violent ways to cope with their feelings. Navigating the juvenile court system can be tricky for parents, especially those who are not accustomed to being in the legal system to begin with. Our Jardine Law Offices and our Bountiful juvenile assault attorney have the experience necessary to help you understand the options available for your child and work as advocates to ensure that your child is treated fairly and justly during this harrowing time for your family.
Most juvenile assault cases are simple assault, meaning a fight broke out between the juvenile and someone they didn’t have any prior relationship with. Most often, this occurs between the minor and a peer they have a disagreement or confrontation with. Things become more complex, however, if a weapon becomes involved, or the assault incident resulted in serious injuries. While simple assault charges are usually classified as a Class B misdemeanor, these charges can be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor, or even felony charges, depending on the circumstances of your child’s case.
Depending on the type of assault your child has been found guilty of, they may be subjected to the following penalties:
How long your child will be detained depends on the circumstances surrounding their assault charges, along with their sentencing. If it’s your child’s first offense, the judge might sentence them to house arrest, only permitting them to leave to attend school, work, or counseling. If the juvenile has been declared a delinquent, however, they may be detained in a short-term juvenile facility, or a long-term secured juvenile facility. The latter are also sometimes referred to as “camps,” and your child may be detained there for months or even years.
If your child was tried and sentenced as an adult, they may find themselves sentenced to an adult jail or prison. They could face up to 15 years incarcerated, depending on their assault charges.
Jardine Law Offices understands that this is a frustrating and scary time for your child—and for you as parents. We have helped many families just like yours get through similar experiences and offer compassionate counsel and expert knowledge of the juvenile justice system. Our goal is to help your child put this experience behind him or her so that life can return to normal for your family. The first step is a free consultation to discuss the details in your child’s case, review any evidence against your child, and determine the best steps to move forward. Schedule your free case review with our Bountiful juvenile assault attorney today.