Juvenile Crime Defense in Family Court
Columbia SC juvenile defense attorney Matt Bodman protects the rights of young clients
South Carolina has special laws and a separate legal system that applies to most crimes involving adults less than 17 years old. These charges can be found primarily in South Carolina's Juvenile Justice Code.
Many of the charges involving juveniles are handled by South Carolina's Family Court system. There is no right to a jury trial for criminal cases in Family Court. Instead, a Family Court Judge tries such cases.
Cases involving juveniles in Family Court can be complicated. That's why it's important to have an attorney that understands the juvenile court system's unique rules and regulations. Attorney Bodman has years of experience handling cases involving charges against juveniles as well as many other serious state criminal defense cases.
What are common juvenile crimes in Family Court?
The following are some common charges in Family Court:
- Minor in possession of alcohol
- Underage DUI defense cases
- Simple possession of marijuana
- Assault and battery
If you've been charged as a juvenile or you are a parent of a child who was arrested, make sure you receive knowledgeable advice before you make a decision that could have a long-term impact.
What's the penalty for juvenile criminal convictions?
The penalties vary widely for juvenile crimes. In some cases, a Family Court judge will sentence a juvenile found guilty of a crime to community service, probation or counseling. In other cases, many Family Court judges will sentence the juvenile to the Department of Juvenile Justice or to a camp away from the juvenile home.
How can attorney Bodman help me with my juvenile criminal case?
Don't simply assume that you or your child will automatically receive probation or community service for your juvenile crime. Some judges take a very harsh stand against certain juvenile crimes, especially ones of a violent nature.
Attorney Bodman can work with you and handle the details of your case. A former assistant state prosecutor, Bodman knows the tactics attorneys for the government use and knows what evidence you need to build the strongest case. Don't take chances with your future. Take action. Call (866) 806-8608. We offer a free consultation to all prospective clients.
Best of all, your case won't be handed off to someone with less experience. Attorney Bodman will personally handle your case and explain all the legal options available to you in detail.