Connecticut Juvenile Defense Attorneys
Helping juveniles in Connecticut who are facing any type of criminal allegations
When a child age 17 or under is arrested on suspicion of a crime in Connecticut, their case is generally turned over to the juvenile court system instead of the traditional adult criminal courts. While the juvenile criminal process differs in many ways from adult court, the consequences can still be serious and may have a significant impact on the life of your child and your family. An experienced juvenile defense attorney can help you navigate the complicated and often confusing juvenile court system and will ensure that your child’s rights are protected.
If your child is facing any type of criminal allegations, please do not delay in calling qualified criminal defense attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas at 203-946-2000 for help as soon as possible.
Attorney Duffy brings a truly unique background to her work helping young people and their families navigate the criminal justice process. Before becoming an attorney and working as federal prosecutor, Attorney Duffy was the head coach of the Yale women’s soccer team for ten years. Before and during her coaching career, she started, ran or volunteered at dozens of soccer camps for both boys and girls of all ages to teach them not only soccer skills but life skills. To read more about Attorney Duffy’s background, including her Ph.D. in Psychology, click here.
Information regarding the juvenile process
If your child has been arrested, there is no traditional bail or bond to pay to have them released as with adults. Instead, a juvenile can be released to their parents or, in certain situations, will be held in a juvenile detention center until their arraignment hearing. Like an adult, however, your child has important rights while in custody or while being interviewed by police. Specifically, your child has the right to and should have a parent and/or an attorney present during these interactions to protect their rights and assist with law enforcement communications.
All juvenile cases will be reviewed to decide whether they will be handled non-judicially or judicially. In non-judicial cases, your child will not have to appear in court but will instead meet with a juvenile probation officer who is then in charge of setting conditions of probation and monitoring your child. If the case is handled judicially, the matter will come to a plea bargain or trial decision by the judge. In either type of case, it is imperative to have the counsel and guidance of an experienced juvenile defense attorney.
Common juvenile offenses
While a juvenile can be charged with any type of offense, some of the most common allegations include:
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Underage DUI
- Possession of marijuana or other drugs
- Curfew violations
There are also numerous crimes set out under Connecticut law as “serious juvenile offenses,” which are eligible for transfer to be handled in adult criminal court. These offenses include drugs sales, firearms offenses, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, serious assault, manslaughter, among others. Unlike juvenile cases that are confidential, once transferred to adult court, confidentiality is lifted and the charges become part of the public record. If your child is under suspicion of any of these offenses, you need the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately who knows how to keep the case in juvenile court if possible and defend against these serious allegations.
Call an experienced Connecticut juvenile defense lawyer as soon as possible
Facing a juvenile criminal case can be frightening because your child’s future is on the line. Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas are highly skilled criminal defense attorneys who are committed to protecting the rights of juveniles in any type of criminal matter. Please call Duffy Law, LLC in New Haven at 203-946-2000 for a free consultation.