Juvenile criminal defense in family court
Juvenile crimes are prosecuted in the family court. A family court judge, as opposed to a jury, acts as the finder of fact for criminal cases against juveniles. This system is intended to provide minors with certain privileges due to their age that adults tried on criminal charges wouldn't be afforded, such as having their identity and privacy protected by sealing their file.
Growing up is never easy, but it's especially tough today with more distractions, negative influences, and opportunities than ever before for a kid to get into trouble. Learning from our mistakes is a skill we all need and hope to have, regardless of our age. Unfortunately, some learning experiences don't always put minors in the best situations, and the pressure they experience from their peers, their teachers, and often themselves can lead to impulsive and unwise choices.
Whether it's because of an instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or getting roped into something more serious, an attorney experienced in the nuances of family court procedures and juvenile law will work with the prosecutors, the judge, and court personnel to arrive at the best possible outcome for the minor involved.
David Tarr is a skilled and knowledgeable juvenile defense lawyer who's worked for years in Family Court. He fiercely advocates on behalf of his young clients, making sure the judge is aware of the facts and circumstances involved in the case that led to an unfair, and perhaps unnecessary, charge. He works with prosecutors to get his young clients' records either expunged or sealed depending on the case.
Defending juveniles with criminal charges in Family Court
For more than 20 years, David Tarr has represented minor clients in Family Court against charges such as:
- Fake ID
- Underage possession and consumption of alcohol
- DUI Defense
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Curfew Violations
- Disorderly Conduct
- Sex Crimes
- Drug Charges
- Probation Violations
Despite the provision of certain privileges for minors under the juvenile justice code, the consequences of a minor's criminal offense can still leave them facing hard consequences. If convicted of a crime, the minor's future opportunities are put into jeopardy. Depending on the severity of the offense, the judge could determine the minor's acts are egregious enough to warrant spending time incarcerated within the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
David Tarr supports and fiercely advocates for young clients, aggressively representing them in any criminal matter and ensuring the rights they're entitled to are protected.
We want to help
At the Law Office of David B. Tarr we fight to make sure your minor’s legal standing remains as unblemished as possible. If you're the parent or guardian of a minor charged with a crime, David Tarr can help. Contact our office either online or by calling 803-238-7967 and schedule a free initial consultation today.