Boston Lawyers Defending Juveniles Against Criminal Charges
Boston Juvenile Defense Lawyer
Although the presumption is that anyone under the age of 18 will be prosecuted in juvenile court, young teenagers may instead be tried in adult court for certain serious crimes, if the Commonwealth elects to indict him or her as a so-called “Youthful Offender.”
At the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm, our Boston juvenile crimes defense attorneys’ main concern for our juvenile clients is for their future. Our juvenile clients are just starting out in life — the last thing they need is to be convicted of a crime as either a juvenile or in adult court. Many of our juvenile clients will be applying to colleges and jobs. Entries on their juvenile or adult criminal record could hurt their chances for placement and/or advancement in university or work. For example, among the consequences of a juvenile drug conviction is ineligibility for federal student aid for one year.
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Dedicated Representation In All Juvenile Cases
We represent juveniles in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases, including:
- Malicious destruction of property
- Underage drinking
- Disorderly person
- Disorderly conduct
- Disturbing the peace
- DUI (called OUI in Massachusetts)
- Minor transporting alcohol
- Drug charges
- Juvenile sex crimes
In the news recently, we have seen many headlines about a new phenomenon called “sexting,” or sending text messages or e-mails containing sexually explicit photographs of yourself or a friend. Believe it or not, some district attorney’s offices have begun considering prosecution of teenaged boys for “sexting” nude or semi-nude pictures of their girlfriends via their cellphones. The charge, distribution of child pornography, is a horrifying prospect for any juvenile to face. If you suspect that your son or daughter has been involved in such activity — and that his involvement may become known to the authorities — you should contact an experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney immediately.
Handling Both Criminal And Disciplinary Hearings
Our attorneys recognize that even if we succeed in achieving a satisfactory resolution to a criminal charge for our juvenile client, the client may still face disciplinary hearings in school. On occasion, we have appeared with our clients before the judicial affairs boards at Boston University, Northeastern University and Suffolk University. We have also dealt with many town and city school officials. Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm attorneys stand ready to handle all aspects of a juvenile’s case — and to work to ensure that the juvenile’s future still remains bright at the end of our representation.