South Carolina Juvenile Crimes Attorneys
A juvenile conviction can have destructive effects on young people and their loved ones. A conviction in juvenile court might result in a young person’s loss of freedom during important adolescent years, and be harmful to their reputation in the future.
Juvenile Crimes Court
Family Court handles cases involving juvenile delinquency and crimes committed by minors, including but not limited to:
- Truancy, or skipping school
- Violent Crimes
The main goal of the juvenile justice system is treatment rather than simply punishment. However, minors can be prosecuted as adults in certain circumstances.
Youthful Offender Act in South Carolina
The Youthful Offender Act in South Carolina was passed to provide an alternative for young people convicted of non-violent crimes. It allows the court system to show mercy to young people that have made mistakes at a young age by providing evidence based programming for youthful offenders. Programs are provided by the Division of Young Offender Parole and Reentry Services (YOPRS) and promote the rehabilitative process with the goal of their re-entry into the community.
In order to qualify under the youthful offender act, a juvenile must be 17 and 25 at the time of conviction. The offense under South Carolina law must be non-violent with either a misdemeanor or felony carrying a max of 15 years. The only two exceptions to this general rule are second-degree burglary, violent, and lewd act upon a child under very limited circumstances.
One of the main benefits of the Youthful Offender Act is you may apply to have your record EXPUNGED if you have no other convictions during the 5-year completion of the program.
Note: Under SC law you may only qualify under the YOA once. Meaning, if you have previously qualified for sentencing under the youthful offender act, you may no longer be eligible under this act.
Minor facing criminal juvenile crimes charges?
If your child or a minor you know has been charged with a juvenile crime, it is urgent that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to obtain an experienced juvenile crime defense attorney.
Our law firm is committed to aggressively defending the immediate and future interests of minors and their family members to prevent a criminal record, punishments, and the long-lasting consequences of a juvenile offense.
If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, you need to ensure his/her legal rights are protected. We can help. Please contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free case evaluation with a dedicated and aggressive criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience handling juvenile court cases.