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Juvenile Practice


Defending Against Juvenile Crime Charges in Shelby County

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 defense attorney, Tim Francavilla, has 25 years of experience helping minors defend against criminal 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.

Is your child facing criminal charges? Call Francavilla Law Firm at (901) 979-9992 or contact us online for a consultation with our Memphis juvenile defense lawyer.

Types of Juvenile Crime Cases We Handle

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

Understanding the Juvenile vs. Adult Legal Systems

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 ensure it differs 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.

Consequences of Juvenile Offenses in Tennessee

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.

Contact Our Juvenile Practice Lawyer in Memphis Today

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 defense lawyer, Tim Francavilla, for the entirety of your case.

Get started on your defense with our Memphis juvenile practice attorney at Francavilla Law Firm.

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member
  • Guest lecturer for Memphis Bar Association
  • Guest lecturer for Shelby County Public Defender's Office
  • Guest lecturer for Ben F. Jones Chapter
  • Guest Lecturer at the Tennessee Bar Association
  • AAAA Top Ranking DUI Defense Attorney
  • Guest Lecturer at ITT Technical Institute
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