West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
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You want to protect your child from any harm, no matter what. But sometimes kids get into trouble, and face criminal accusations. They could be false allegations or exaggerated claims. But even if the accusations are true, you never want to let your child be thrown to the wolves of the criminal justice system.
Your child has a right to an attorney who can look out for his or her best interest — experienced counsel who will advocate for your juvenile. It's important to seek the best defense for your West Chester juvenile, because this matter can greatly affect your child's future, including his or her educational opportunities and what jobs he or she may be able to obtain.
At Ciccarelli Law Offices, we have a team of dedicated defense attorneys who will work together to build the strongest possible defense for your teenager or child. Your son, daughter, grandchild or other juvenile's future is at stake. A West Chester juvenile defense lawyer from Ciccarelli Law Offices will help protect your child from accusations and seek the best possible result. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation with an attorney to discuss your juvenile's situation.
Based in West Chester, we represent juveniles on criminal matters throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, with offices in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Radnor, Lancaster, Springfield, Kennet Square, Plymouth Meeting and Malvern. We serve clients in Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County and Lancaster County.
Minors must follow the law. If a criminal accusation is leveled against a person who is 10 or older, though, they go through the juvenile justice system.
Common charges against juveniles include:
A minor is considered a "delinquent" if they are 10 or older, have been adjudicated as guilty and in need of treatment, supervision or rehab. Usually, a juvenile proceeding begins when a law enforcement officer or district attorney files a petition with the court. In the resulting hearing, a judge hears the evidence against the juvenile and adjudicates a decisions
A juvenile found delinquent is subject to treatment, supervision or a variety of other measures. The ruling can be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court within 30 days.
The district attorney might offer deferred adjudication instead of a criminal conviction to a juvenile. Under deferred adjudication, the minor must complete certain requirements within a certain time period. If the minor does so, the charges are withdrawn and he or she will not have a conviction on his or her record.
If criminal charges are filed, then the West Chester defense attorney and the prosecutor can work out a consent decree. Under a consent decree, the child is kept under supervision and must meet the requirements set forth by a probation officer. If the juvenile meets all these requirements, the records of the offense may be expunged from his or her record.
If adjudicated as guilty, or if your child makes a mistake and violates the provisions of his or her deferred adjudication or other probation program, there are a several different penalties your child might face. If charged as an adult, he or she may face time in prison. If adjudicated as a juvenile, your child might face:
It's also important to remember that, while many juvenile offenses may be expunged, your child may face immediate negative effects due to the charges being on his record. He or she may be kicked out of their school or required to go to a special school, which will affect which colleges and universities he or she will be admitted to, which will affect what jobs he or she may seek.
Juvenile criminal proceedings have a tremendous impact on your child's future, both for the rest of his or her childhood and for the rest of his or her life. It's not something you want to leave to chance — and it's not the best opportunity to teach your child a lesson.
With so much at stake, you want the best possible outcome for your child if he or she is facing any type of juvenile criminal charges. At Ciccarelli Law Offices, your juvenile will be represent by not just one West Chester juvenile defense lawyer, but an entire team. We represent minors across Southern Pennsylvania, including in Exton, Downingtown, Coatesville, Phoenixville and others in the Greater Philadelphia area. Call (610) 719-3200 today to schedule a consultation.