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Tucson Juvenile Delinquency Attorney
Defending Kids Charged with Crimes
Children make mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes have serious consequences for their future, including the possibility of being sentenced to a detention center. At The Law Office of Carlos A. Medina, PLLC, our goal is to help your child avoid repercussions that can negatively affect his or her future. Our Tucson juvenile delinquency lawyer will explain your legal options and build a solid defense for your child.
Call (520) 251-9561 to learn about your legal options.
Juvenile Delinquency in Arizona
If your child is accused of delinquency, you are most likely concerned with getting him or her released and fighting the charges. The first thing you should do is contact an attorney to ensure that your child’s rights are protected.
The age of the defendant and alleged act will determine whether the child is charged as a juvenile or as an adult. They may be charged as a juvenile delinquent if:
- He or she is between the ages of 8 and 18
- Commits an act that is a crime when committed by an adult
- Is in need of supervision, confinement, or treatment
If the person is between the ages of 15 and 18 and commits a serious or violent act, including murder, sexual assault, armed robbery, or other serious violent offense, he or she may be charged as an adult under ARS § 13-501. The punishment for these juvenile offender are more serious than a delinquency or "incorrigible" charge. However, any conviction can leave your child with a criminal record, so it is better to have the charges dismissed or reduced, if possible. We encourage you to immediately contact our Tucson juvenile delinquency attorney.
Seek Legal Representation for Your Child
A criminal conviction will seriously impact your child’s life and follow him or her into the future. An experienced criminal defense lawyer in Tucson can aggressively defend your child. Attorney Carlos A. Medina will assess your situation and work to have the charges dismissed or reduced to help your child avoid the most serious consequences.
Get the legal help your child deserves. Contact our firm at (520) 251-9561 to arrange a free in-person consultation.
If I’m innocent, do I really need an attorney?A: Guilt or innocence aside, your future is in jeopardy in the face of criminal allegations. You need an attorney who can protect your rights to show the judge and jury that you are innocent. Legal processes must be followed, and attempts by the prosecuting attorney and law enforcement to secure a conviction must be effectively countered. Even if you are innocent, you need a professional to handle your case.
What is a plea agreement? Should I accept it?A: A plea agreement typically involves lesser charges or punishment offered in exchange for a plea of guilty or no contest. Do not accept a plea offer without first talking to your attorney. You need to be certain that this is in your best interests. In some cases, a skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to fight your charges and help you avoid a conviction altogether – which is far more advantageous than any plea agreement.
If I refuse to give a statement or answer a question, will I face criminal charges?A: As already mentioned, you have the right to remain silent. You can politely refuse to answer questions posed to you by a police officer, and you should not face criminal charges simply for exercising this right. Depending on the situation, however, you may still be arrested and taken into custody. Be sure to request to speak to your attorney, who may be able to challenge an unlawful arrest.
What are my rights if I'm arrested?A: If you’re arrested, you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you. These rights are essential, as anything you say or do after you are taken into custody may be used against you in court. Exercise your rights and protect your interests.
Do I have to consent to a search of my home or vehicle?A: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that law enforcement cannot simply search you or your property or make an arrest without probable cause. You have the right to refuse a law enforcement officer’s request to search your car or your home, but if they have a warrant or believe they have probable cause, they may be able to conduct a search. If you believe your property was illegally searched, an attorney can assess the situation and determine whether this can be used to your advantage in challenging your arrest or charges.