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Do You Need A Lawyer For Juvenile Court In Minnesota?

Christa J. Groshek

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Christa J. Groshek

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Common thought tells us that juvenile delinquency will not have consequences when the child turns into an adult at age 18. This is rarely the case: The impact of juvenile delinquency can have a major impact on the future of your child. It can affect his or her ability to get into college and graduate school programs, and it can potentially affect his or her ability to earn a job. Juvenile records are often requested in college admission applications. More immediate impacts can include loss of driving privileges which can affect the family and the child's ability to go to work or school.  

A juvenile defense lawyer who understands and appreciates the differences in juvenile criminal cases and adult cases is a tremendous asset that can directly affect the direction of these potentially troubling outcomes. An experienced attorney will understand the nuances that come with juvenile court, and it is an extremely important decision based on the future impacts of juvenile delinquency. 

When seeking counsel, make sure the attorney understands the unique characteristics of adult certification and extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ) cases.

The charges for a minor that are most common are underage DUI/DWI, shoplifting, criminal sexual conduct, drug offenses and robbery. 

Your child's future is important, and a mistake made as a minor can have a poor impact on academics and his or her professional career. Seek the help of an attorney to protect your child’s future.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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