When a teen commits a serious crime

Shepard Kopp, Esq. Criminal Defense Attorney, shares advice for parents on what to expect if their teenager is charged with a serious crime
What Parents Should Expect If Their Teen Is Charged With Serious Crime
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When a teen commits a serious crime

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if your child is arrested for a serious offense, such as a sex crime, a serious assault, serious drug charges, some weapons possession charges. You can expect that they can be taken in to court and formal and legal proceedings will be initiated against them and in other words the DA will file criminal charges against them in Juvenile Court. The first thing that you are going to have to do is to try to persuade the Judge with a help of a lawyer to realease your child and let them remain out of custody while the charges are pending until the case is resolved. And there will ultimately be some kind of resolution of the case, and if there's a conviction on these serious charges there maybe sometime in a Juvenile Hall that is ordered or depending on the severity of the offense, they could be ordered in the custody for a longer periods of time. They could go to a camp for 4 months or up to a year. Those are the types of sentences you can typically expect for serious charges. For the most serious charges and this is a rarity, in cases of murder, attempted murder the most serious charges are they could be charged as adult and face the same kind of punishments that adults face in state prisons.

Shepard Kopp, Esq. Criminal Defense Attorney, shares advice for parents on what to expect if their teenager is charged with a serious crime

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Shepard Kopp, Esq

Criminal Defense Attorney

Shepard Kopp represents individuals and businesses in state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. In 16 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Kopp has tried over 110 cases to juries in state and federal courts, and has won more than 90% of those trials. Educated at Dartmouth College and the University of California's Hastings College of Law, Mr. Kopp has spent his entire professional career as a criminal defense attorney. He is passionate about vindicating the rights of the accused. This passion, dedication, and talent led to Mr. Kopp's recognition by "Super Lawyers" as a Rising Star in 2004, and as a "Super Lawyer" in 2006.

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