New York Juvenile Criminal Defense
The Law Offices of Gilbert C. Parris advocates for young adults who are undergoing criminal prosecution in New York City.
Juvenile defense attorney Gilbert Parris has the knowledge and experience to help discharge, or reduce any criminal charges that may be currently pending against your child. His main focus is to keep young people out of the juvenile justice system.
It is important for you to obtain legal assistance and counsel as quickly as possible for your child’s behalf. Contact our law office to speak with juvenile defense attorney Gilbert Parris at 718. 246.5050.
Overview of the Juvenile Justice System
If a juvenile is arrested and charged for committing a criminal offense in New York, he or she may undergo prosecution in either Family Court or Criminal Court. Usually, non-violent juvenile matters are heard in Family Court. Violent juvenile crimes, such as aggravated assault or murder, are generally reviewed in criminal court in which the juvenile offender is charged as an adult.
Arrest & Arraignment
After the juvenile is arrested, he or she may be released into the custody of his or her parents, or legal guardian. The accused juvenile will receive a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) which provides notice of the criminal charges against him or her. It will also state a specified date and time for the accused juvenile offender to appear in court for his or her arraignment.
The juvenile’s parents and attorney must attend the arraignment. A juvenile cannot be prosecuted in Brooklyn without legal representation (this means the juvenile must have an attorney). The judge will either remand the child to the Juvenile Detention Facility or release him or her into the custody of his or her parents.
Upon the conclusion of the arraignment, a Fact Finding Hearing will be set in which the prosecutor and the juvenile’s attorney will present their case to the judge. There is no jury for juvenile matters.
Fact Finding Hearing & Sentencing
Upon the conclusion of the fact-finding hearing, the judge will determine whether the juvenile is guilty of committing the alleged criminal offense. If the judge rules that the juvenile is guilty, the juvenile will be sentenced according to specified state penalties related to the criminal offense. If the judge rules that the juvenile is not guilty, the case against the juvenile will be dismissed.
Visit the Department of Juvenile Justice for more information about the juvenile justice system in New York.