Juvenile

There are two categories of children that fall under the auspices of the juvenile court: those who have allegedly committed a criminal offense and those who are in need of care. The Law Offices of Amy Vinton represents juvenile offenders and parents, grandparents and foster parents of children alleged to be in need of care.

Juvenile offenders

If you have a child between the ages of 10 and 18 who has allegedly committed a criminal offense, you know how life-changing the experience can be for you, your child and other family members. If the charge is the first one ever and is for a misdemeanor, not a felony, there may be options available, such as diversion, which will result in a dismissal of the case.

Whether your juvenile is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, Amy Vinton,  can help. She will explore all the options with you and will work to lessen the charges and consequences as much as possible. The goals of the juvenile system are to facilitate rehabilitation and to assist juveniles in accepting responsibility for their behavior. Amy has more than 14 years of juvenile law experience and knows how to work with the district attorney in an attempt to achieve the rehabilitative goal.

It is important to contact a juvenile criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, if the juvenile court adjudicates a finding of guilt, it might carry over into a life-long criminal record.

A child in need of care

The state may allege that a child from birth to age 18 is in need of care. Allegations may include:

  • The child has been abused.
  • The child has been neglected.
  • The child is truant.
  • The child is a runaway.
  • The child is under the age of 10 years old and has allegedly committed a criminal offense.
  • The child is living in an environment that has the potential for harming him or her.

The Law Offices of Amy Vinton

At the Law Offices of Amy Vinton, we represent parents, grandparents and foster parents in child in need of care cases. In some cases, Amy is appointed by the juvenile court as a guardian ad litem for a child in need in order to represent the child’s interest. We strive in all cases to create unique solutions to these difficult problems. We can assist parents in taking the action they need to take to remedy the harmful situation and retain custody of their children.

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