Any person under the age of 18 is a juvenile in the state of North Dakota. The juvenile justice system functions differently than the regular criminal justice system. The juvenile justice system seeks to rehabilitate the convicted instead of to punish them. The constitutional rights of a juvenile are almost the same as an adult. This includes the right to an attorney, the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and protect against self-incrimination, and the right to challenge and cross-examine accusers. The main difference between juvenile and adult proceedings is that a juvenile doesn’t have the right to a trial by jury. Instead, juvenile cases are heard before a judge. A juvenile may be tried as an adult in the criminal justice system in cases of severe violent crimes.
If you or a loved one is facing charges in juvenile court, you need an aggressive North Dakota criminal defense lawyer. The criminal lawyer team at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Attorneys have the experience it takes to get your charges reduced or dropped.
We represent juveniles in numerous sorts of cases, including:
• Assault & battery
• Criminal destruction of property
• Educational neglect
• Underage possession of alcohol
• Criminal trespass
If you or your child is being charged with a juvenile crime, call O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Attorneys today to schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense lawyer today.