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Juvenile Practice Lawyer in Memphis

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At Francavilla Law Firm, we understand the nuances of the juvenile court system and regularly advise parents on how to effectively handle their child’s case. Memphis juvenile practice attorney, Tim Francavilla, has 25 years of experience helping minors defend against charges that could result in severe and long-lasting consequences.

In cases involving individuals who are aged 18 or older but are being tried for a crime that took place while they were a minor, the juvenile court may choose to hear or transfer that case.

We handle cases involving a range of juvenile crimes, including but not limited to:

  • Shoplifting
  • DUI
  • Underage drinking
  • Assault
  • Drug charges
  • Sex crimes
  • Trespassing
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Possession of a weapon
  • Evading arrest
  • Probation violations

If your child has been accused of committing a crime, get in touch with our firm at (901) 979-9992 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

The Juvenile Court System

No matter how much parents try to keep their children out of serious trouble, sometimes kids make mistakes that lead to legal consequences. When an individual under the age of 18 has a run-in with the law, the legal process and procedures that ensue differ greatly from the adult criminal system. The most significant difference revolves around the goals of the two systems. Whereas the aim of the adult legal system is punishment, the goal of the juvenile system is rehabilitation.

While it might be comforting to know that the juvenile process is intended to set a child back on the right course, the consequences they could face are still serious.

Depending on the specific crime, your child could face a range of consequences, including:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Juvenile counseling
  • Home detention
  • Time in a juvenile detention center
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • A criminal record

When Is a Child Tried as an Adult in Tennessee?

The first time a child faces charges for a non-violent crime, he or she will likely go through the juvenile system. If, however, the child commits a violent crime, he or she may be transferred to adult criminal court and tried as an adult.

Juvenile cases are handed over to the adult courts when they involve charges of:

  • Rape
  • Aggravated rape
  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Aggravated robbery

If the State decides that it wants to try a child as an adult, it is required to hold a hearing on the change. A written notice must be sent to the child's parent(s) at least 14 days before the hearing. It is always in a minor’s best interest to be tried in the juvenile system, since a conviction in adult court can lead to higher fines and long-term jail time in an adult prison facility.

We Can Help Protect Your Child’s Rights & Freedom

Francavilla Law Firm proudly provides minors and their parents with aggressive legal representation to fight their charges, whether in juvenile or adult court. When you choose to hire our firm, you can enjoy direct access to your Memphis juvenile practice lawyer,Tim Francavilla, for the entirety of your case.

Call (901) 979-9992 or contact us online for high-quality legal services and compassionate support.

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What Makes Francavilla Law Firm Different?

  • I Represent Clients the Way I Would Represent Family
  • Certified in DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Thorough, Prepared, & Knowledgeable
  • Direct Access & Representation from Start to Finish
  • More Than 25 Years of Legal Experience