Standing Up For Your Child Against Juvenile Crime Charges
There are few issues as important as the well-being of children, and there are few relationships as important as the bond between children and their parents. When the well-being of a child or the parent-child relationship is scrutinized by law enforcement, the results can be very difficult for everyone involved.
At John Shryock Co. L.P.A., we are strongly committed to protecting children from harm (including harm in the juvenile justice system) and defending families against erroneous charges of abuse or neglect. We work diligently to ensure that all sides of the story are told before judgment is rendered.
Experienced, Compassionate Criminal Defense
When children or teenagers are convicted of crimes – even minor offenses – the consequences often last far longer than any sentence they serve. A criminal record can make it difficult or impossible for children to pursue higher education, qualify for federal student aid, find a job or obtain desirable housing.
Common juvenile offenses include:
- Theft and shoplifting
- Drug possession
- Underage drinking
- School truancy
- Being labeled an “unruly child”
- Fighting and assault
If your child has been charged with any offense, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney like John Shryock. We will work to have the charges dismissed, reduced or otherwise resolved in the most favorable manner available.
When Families Are Split Apart
Another important aspect of juvenile law is the relationship between parents and children. Because family dynamics are complex, outside observers sometimes mistakenly suspect problems such as:
- Child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
- Child neglect
- Child dependency
In such cases, children may be taken from their parents pending an investigation. Depending on the results, parents may temporarily or permanently lose custody of their children and other parental rights.
If abuse or neglect is suspected, it is critical to contact a lawyer immediately. Your side of the story needs to be heard before it is too late.