When a minor is accused of a criminal offense, their entire future is on the line. A mark on the criminal history of a juvenile can interfere with important educational and employment opportunities. Those attending college may find their scholarships or admittance threatened by a criminal offense.
A lawyer can be especially essential for allegations against a juvenile offender. There may be alternative options to time in prison that your lawyer can secure for you, or you may be eligible for a reduced sentence. With your future on the line, you need to ensure that you have a lawyer on your side that will tirelessly fight for a positive resolution for you.
Iowa Defense Lawyer for Juvenile Offenses
The lawyers of McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. have nearly 50 years of combined experience representing minors and adults across Polk County and Dallas County. We know that for a minor, their future can be threatened by even the simplest of criminal offenses. We are determined to proactively pursue positive resolutions for every client, even in tough situations. We can take on your criminal charges and fight to protect the future of you or your loved ones.
Call McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. today at (515) 279-9700 to schedule your free consultation. Let us review your individual situation and help you understand the options available to you. We can give you confidence in how to proceed and guide you through the overwhelming criminal defense process ahead of you.
Common Juvenile Offense Situations in Iowa
While a minor can be charged with almost any offense, some charges occur more frequently, including:
- Possession of alcohol by a minor
- Possession of drugs
- Disorderly Conduct
- Retail Theft
Although the potential penalties that juveniles face are often less severe, they can still face jail time and fines, depending on the offense. What is more often a major issue is the mark that they can receive on their criminal history, which can drastically impact educational and employment opportunities. An experienced lawyer may be able to fight on your behalf to have your charges sealed or expunged, in order to keep an offense from threatening your future.
The Impact of a Criminal Charge on a College Student
During the years of attending colleges and universities, students can be charged with a wide range of offenses, the most common of which involve alcohol or drugs. When a student is arrested on a criminal charge, they will not only face criminal proceedings, but also a separate disciplinary hearing at their college. This hearing will can lead to suspension or expulsion from the school, seriously damaging any future educational prospects. While an attorney cannot speak for you at this hearing, you can still be advised as to how to defend yourself. An attorney can help you gather evidence, properly complete the necessary paperwork, and form the strongest defensive case possible.
Hiring a Lawyer to Defend a Juvenile Offender in Des Moines
Special rules and laws apply to juveniles in many criminal law scenarios. This makes the nearly 50 years of combined experienced shared by that attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. an invaluable asset while facing charges. We can fight on your behalf to keep a criminal allegation from threatening your future for years to come. Let us take on your challenging situation and reduce your stress through the confusing process ahead of you. Call us today at (515) 279-9700 to schedule your free consultation.