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A Reliable Philadelphia Juvenile Defense Lawyer Protects Your Child’s Future

Lessening the impact of youthful mistakes

If you are the parent of a child in legal trouble — arrested for underage drinking or another juvenile criminal offense — you know how overwhelmed you and your child may feel. Juveniles who find themselves facing serious criminal charges are often left wondering if one stupid mistake will destroy their chances for a productive future.

If your child has been arrested for DUI, you must find skilled and experienced legal representation to protect his or her future. Acting as your child’s Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, David Jay Glassman will ask the prosecution to take a reasonable approach, taking into consideration the age of your child and ensuring that any potential sentencing focuses on rehabilitation. Mr. Glassman is also an experienced DUI lawyer who represents youths arrested and charged with underage drunk driving charges.

Examples of juvenile criminal offenses

Juveniles can be charged with many of the same crimes an adult is charged with — and in some cases, the prosecution will seek to charge a juvenile as an adult. Young people may be arrested and charged with crimes including:

  • Theft, burglary or trespassing
  • Simple assault
  • Drug charges
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Shoplifting
  • Underage drinking
  • DUI
  • Bullying
  • Gang activity
  • Sex crimes such as rape or “sexting”
  • Car theft
  • Murder
  • Computer crimes
  • Assault with a deadly weapon or other gun charges

More serious crimes carry severe penalties including fines, possible jail time and a permanent blot on your child’s criminal record.

Young people don’t always make smart choices in a given situation. They can end up in trouble by falling victim to peer pressure, and they are often unaware of the long-term consequences of their acts. At the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman, our Philadelphia juvenile criminal defense attorney is familiar with the Philadelphia juvenile justice system and has worked with the attorneys and the judges your child will face. We know the law and we know how to get the best possible outcome in your child’s particular circumstance. We accomplish this by taking the time to get to know you and your child. That knowledge and our skill will help guard your child’s reputation as much as possible as we defend their rights.

When your child has been charged with a juvenile criminal offense

It’s critical you speak to an attorney before allowing your child to speak with the police. While the court’s goal when it comes to youthful offenders is rehabilitation rather than severe punishment, prosecutors may want to make an example of your child, treating them as an adult and multiplying the potential consequences for the crime. A seasoned Philadelphia criminal lawyer such as David Jay Glassman is experienced in representing juveniles for a variety of charges, including underage drinking.  Attorneys who represent children must also understand that one of the most critical points in a juvenile proceeding is the preliminary hearing. This hearing will determine whether your child is charged as an adult or as a juvenile.

Contact a proactive Philadelphia juvenile criminal defense attorney who will be by your side

If you want to ensure your child’s life is not changed forever by a youthful indiscretion, enlist the services of the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman. We ensure your child gets the very best defense available. Call 215-563-7100 or contact us online immediately for a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s charges and an experienced, compassionate defense.