The focus of our juvenile justice system is supposed to be on rehabilitation, not on punishment. However, juvenile court records are not as protected as they may seem. Without a lawyer to protect your child's rights, juvenile offenses can affect him or her later in life.
At Breeding & Lodato, LLC, in Knoxville, we provide a strong defense for juveniles who are charged with crimes. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your child's case and possible defenses.
Defense attorneys Brad Henry and Joseph Lodato are experienced attorneys in juvenile crime, who will help minimize the potential consequences that your child will face for charges such as:
- Underage drinking or possession of alcohol
- Shoplifting and theft
- Trespassing and burglary
- Disorderly conduct
- Sexting and sexual assault
- Drug charges, including possession and possession with intent to sell marijuana, meth, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs
- DUI and Underage DUI
- Traffic offenses and other driving charges
While juvenile records are sealed for many purposes, the State and federal government will have access to those records and could treat your child differently if he or she is contacted by law enforcement in the future. For certain offenses, your child can be put in state custody, foster care, a correctional facility, or even be tried as an adult. In addition, the juvenile court system may, in certain circumstances, maintain jurisdiction over a juvenile offender until his or her nineteenth birthday.
Many Tennessee schools have zero tolerance for drug crimes, which may result in your child being expelled. Juvenile charges can affect your child's participation in extracurricular activities, which colleges he or she can attend, and future employment.
There are many things an experienced defense attorney can do to minimize the consequences of your child's arrest and keep the focus of the juvenile justice system where it belongs: on rehabilitation.
For More Information About Juvenile Charges in Tennessee
Let our experienced attorneys protect your rights and get your child back on the right path. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Knoxville juvenile crime defense attorney Brad Henry or Joseph Lodato , call 865-223-6307 or fill out our contact form.