Juvenile Crimes

Colorado Springs Juvenile Crimes Lawyers

Defending Against Juvenile Crime Charges in Colorado

When a child is charged with a crime, it can have far-reaching consequences on both the child and child’s family. Juvenile convictions can interfere with college plans, eligibility for military service, employment and personal relationships. Because Colorado law recognizes the decision-making and developmental differences in juveniles and adults, a juvenile system has been established that can help juveniles avoid the long-term impacts of a criminal conviction.

Call Aviso Law today at (719) 356-5552 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our juvenile crimes attorney in Colorado Springs.

Types of Juvenile Crimes in Colorado

Juvenile crimes in Colorado can cover a range of offenses similar to those committed by adults. Common types of juvenile crimes in Colorado include:

  • Theft and Shoplifting
  • Vandalism and Property Damage
  • Drug Offenses
  • Underage Drinking
  • Assault and Battery
  • Burglary
  • Cybercrimes
  • Sex Offenses
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Trespassing
  • Curfew Violations
  • Traffic Violations

Are Juveniles Punished the Same as Adults in Colorado?

Juveniles and adults in Colorado can be charged with the same crimes, but the court systems are organized such that the adult system is geared toward punishment and the juvenile system is geared toward rehabilitation. Still, juvenile charges are serious matters and can result in incarceration, removal from parents and sometimes the same sentences as adults.

What are the Penalties for Juvenile Crimes in Colorado?

Juvenile crime penalties in Colorado can differ based on the severity of the particular offense and the juvenile's age. Some common penalties for juvenile crimes may include:

  • Diversion Programs: Instead of formal court proceedings, juveniles may be referred to diversion programs aimed at addressing the underlying issues leading to the offense.
  • Probation: Juveniles may be placed on probation, which involves supervision by a probation officer. Conditions may include curfew, community service, and counseling.
  • Restitution: Juveniles may be required to compensate victims for damages or losses resulting from their actions.
  • Counseling and Treatment Programs: Depending on the nature of the offense, juveniles may be ordered to participate in counseling, therapy, or other treatment programs.
  • Community Service: Juveniles may be required to perform community service as a way to give back to the community.
  • Detention: In more serious cases, juveniles may be placed in a juvenile detention center. However, the focus is generally on rehabilitation rather than punishment. 

Defenses Against Juvenile Crime Charges

Some common defenses against juvenile crime charges:

  • Lack of Intent: If the juvenile did not have the intention to commit the crime, it may be argued that they lacked the necessary mental state for a conviction.
  • Mistaken Identity: If there is evidence suggesting that the juvenile was misidentified as the perpetrator, a defense based on mistaken identity may be applicable.
  • False Accusations: If there are reasons to believe that the accusations against the juvenile are false or motivated by ulterior motives, this can be used as a defense.
  • Miranda Rights Violation: If law enforcement fails to inform the juvenile of their Miranda rights (right to remain silent, right to an attorney), statements made by the juvenile may be inadmissible in court.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure: If evidence was obtained through an illegal search or seizure, it may be possible to challenge the admissibility of that evidence.
  • Insufficient Evidence: If the prosecution lacks enough evidence to prove the juvenile's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, a defense based on insufficient evidence may be raised.
  • Juvenile Rights Violations: If the juvenile's rights during the legal process were violated, such as the right to legal representation, it may be a basis for a defense.
  • Age and Capacity: Depending on the age and developmental capacity of the juvenile, their ability to understand the consequences of their actions may be considered as a factor in their defense.
  • Duress or Coercion: If the juvenile committed the crime under duress or coercion, it may be argued that they were compelled to engage in criminal behavior against their will.

Contact Our Juvenile Crimes Attorney in Colorado Springs Today

Because of the significant impact of being charged with a criminal offense as a juvenile, and the even greater impacts of a conviction, it is important that the juvenile and their parents jointly decide to obtain the representation of a lawyer who can alleviate the pressure of this type of conviction and guide them toward a favorable outcome. The skilled attorneys at Aviso have represented juveniles facing offenses ranging from minor drug and assault charges to very serious sexual assault charges. With an approach of providing top quality representation while also guiding families through a very difficult process, we seek to offer the very best representation for our clients and their families.

Contact Aviso Law today to get started with our Colorado Springs juvenile crimes lawyers.

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