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Juvenile Crime Lawyer in Renton, Washington

Understanding Juvenile Crime Charges in Washington

Juvenile crime charges in Washington State involve offenses committed by individuals under the age of 18. These cases are handled in the juvenile justice system, which focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment. However, the consequences can still be serious and long-lasting.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Juvenile Crime Defense?

At Duncan Law PLLC, we specialize in defending young clients against juvenile crime charges in Washington State. Our experienced team is dedicated to protecting your child's rights, future, and opportunities while navigating the unique aspects of the juvenile justice system.

Types of Juvenile Crime Charges We Handle

  • Theft and shoplifting

  • Vandalism and property crimes

  • Assault and battery

  • Drug possession and distribution

  • Underage drinking and DUI

  • Sexual offenses

  • Cybercrime and online offenses

  • Truancy and status offenses

  • Gang-related activities

  • Juvenile domestic violence

The Juvenile Justice Process in Washington

Initial Contact and Diversion

We explore diversion programs that may allow your child to avoid formal charges.

Arrest and Detention Hearing

If your child is arrested, we represent them at the detention hearing to argue for release.

Fact-Finding Hearing (Trial)

Similar to an adult trial, we present a strong defense case if the matter proceeds to this stage.

Disposition Hearing (Sentencing)

If found guilty, we advocate for the most favorable and rehabilitative outcome possible.


Potential Outcomes in Juvenile Cases

  • Diversion programs

  • Probation

  • Community service

  • Counseling or therapy

  • Detention in a juvenile facility

  • Restitution to victims

  • Educational programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a juvenile be tried as an adult in Washington?

In certain serious cases, yes. We work to keep cases in juvenile court whenever possible.

Will my child have a permanent criminal record?

Juvenile records can often be sealed or destroyed under certain conditions. We can guide you through this process.

What rights do parents have in juvenile cases?

Parents have the right to be present at hearings and to participate in their child's rehabilitation plan.

How long do juvenile cases typically last?

The timeline varies, but many cases are resolved within a few months.

Can a juvenile be held in detention before trial?

Yes, but we argue vigorously for release or alternatives to detention whenever possible.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC?

  • Extensive experience in Washington State juvenile defense

  • Understanding of adolescent development and its impact on behavior

  • Commitment to rehabilitation and positive outcomes

  • Strong relationships with juvenile court personnel and prosecutors

  • Clear communication with both juveniles and their families

Potential Consequences of Juvenile Crime Convictions

  • Detention time

  • Probation

  • Impact on educational opportunities

  • Potential adult sentencing for serious offenses

  • Difficulty obtaining employment

  • Immigration consequences for non-citizens

Additional Services Related to Juvenile Crime Defense

  • School disciplinary hearings

  • Sealing and destruction of juvenile records

  • Counseling and mental health referrals

  • Education advocacy

  • Gang intervention programs

Contact Us for Juvenile Crime Defense Services

If your child is facing juvenile crime charges in Washington State, immediate legal representation is crucial. Our experienced team at Duncan Law PLLC is here to protect your child's rights and future.

Phone: 206-237-7714

Don't let juvenile charges derail your child's future. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today for expert juvenile crime defense services in Washington State. We're committed to providing compassionate, strategic defense to protect your child's rights and secure the best possible outcome for their case. Our team understands the unique challenges of juvenile cases and will work tirelessly to ensure your child receives the support and defense they need during this difficult time.

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