Denver Juvenile Crime Attorneys
A Vigorous Defense Guards a Young Person’s Prospects
Are you facing criminal allegations as a juvenile? Mount a strong defense to juvenile cases by discussing your situation with an experienced Denver juvenile crimes attorney. At Fife Luneau, P.C., we will work hard to prepare a top defense to protect the prospects of the accused. An adolescent mistake does not have to ruin someone’s life. We are here to help.
Contact our team today at (720) 408-7130 for a FREE consultation!
Understanding a Conviction as a Juvenile
Some Denver residents see a juvenile crime conviction as “not a big deal” because they believe the record is immediately sealed when the young man or woman reaches the age of 18. This is not the case.
The court may expunge matters, but having records expunged requires a petition to the court, and the case must meet certain criteria. Even if the court seals a record in this way, it can be obtained and applied to sentencing if the state convicts that juvenile of a crime as an adult.
Even juvenile convictions in Denver can impact a person’s ability to:
- Join the military
- Get a job
- Pursue college
- Achieve apprenticeship into a trade
- Get financial aid for higher education
Protect your child’s future by calling our firm at (720) 408-7130.
How Prosecutors Can Charge Juveniles as Adults
In some cases, prosecutors may try to direct file the case into adult criminal court instead of using the juvenile court. Direct filing can occur if the accused is 14 years or older and is alleged to have committed specific serious offenses.
Offenses that can lead to a filing in adult court include class 1 or 2 felonies, serious “crimes of violence,” serious weapons offenses, vehicular manslaughter, or vehicular assault. If the juvenile has one or more prior felonies on his or her record, a direct file is available even for lesser offenses.
If a prosecutor has charged a juvenile in adult court, vigorous criminal defense representation is even more important. It goes without saying that those incarcerated as children in adult prisons do not tend to have futures as productive adults in society. To protect a young person, you need an experienced Denver juvenile defense lawyer on your side.
We offer FREE consultations, so contact us today at (720) 408-7130.
Attempted Murder, Assault, Menacing with a Deadly Weapon, Distribution of Marijuana
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- DUI Acquittal
- Careless Driving
- Careless Driving
- Attempted Murder, Assault, Menacing with a Deadly Weapon, Distribution of Marijuana
- Assault in the Third Degree (Domestic Violence)
Will my license be suspended if I am arrested for DUI?When you have been charged with driving under the influence, the DMV will begin the license suspension process. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you can face a suspension of up to five years. Challenging a license suspension requires you to request a DMV hearing within seven days of you being pulled over. The results of this trial may be a probationary license that allows you to keep driving or the installation of an interlock ignition device that will allow you to drive only after you have proven your sobriety.
How are DUI and DWAI offenses different?
DUI, or driving under the influence, is usually charges as a misdemeanor that arises when you blood alcohol content is .08% or above. Driving while ability impaired, or DWAI, is an infraction when your BAC is higher than .05 but less than .08. DUI offenses carry more serious charges, including up to a year in jail, $1,000 in fines, and community service. A DWAI conviction will result in up to 180 days in jail, $200 in fines, and up to 48 hours of community service. Our Denver DUI lawyers can challenge the results of breath and blood tests and have a successful record in many cases.
Can’t I just accept the consequences of an arrest and move on?
It can be incredibly stressful to face a first offense but accepting your conviction will not simply allow you to move on. When you have a criminal record, many avenues become barred for you, including some professional licenses, the ability to join the military, and having other rights that are granted to citizens. At Fife Luneau, P.C., our Denver criminal defense attorneys work hard to fight for you and your record.