Information for Parents & Grandparents in Lexington, SC
Defending Your Child in Juvenile Court
If your child or grandchild has been arrested or placed under an investigation for any crime it is important that you take immediate steps to protect their rights. At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, located in Lexington, South Carolina, we represent juvenile defendants charged in both Family Court and Criminal Court proceedings.
Our Juvenile Court Attorney is available to represent your child in all proceedings involving South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), School Resource Officers, School Expulsion Hearings, the Police Department and the Family Court.
When you contact our office you and your child will receive a confidential consultation with an attorney about their case. We regularly represent juveniles in the Lexington County Family Court and the
Richland County Family Court in a variety of cases including drug possession, disturbing schools, sexually oriented offenses and major felonies.
Children have the same rights as an adult when confronted by the police. This includes:
Right to remain silent
Right to refuse consent to searches
Right to have an attorney present during all questioning
Right to stop answering questions at any time
Children are often pressured by law enforcement, teachers or other authority figures to give up their rights. In many cases cooperating with an investigation can lead to criminal charges being filed that otherwise would not be. Further in cases where only minimal evidence previously existed a child's cooperation can provide the prosecution with enough evidence to fully prosecute the case.
Most criminal charges brought against minor children are prosecuted as Juvenile Crimes in the Family Court. Older children charged with more serious offenses can be prosecuted as an Adult Offender. Some charges, including Traffic Law or alcohol violations are prosecuted as Status Offenses.
Representation is available at all stages of the case including during the police investigation, detention hearing and Court appearances. It is important that you contact a lawyer on behalf of any child who has been arrested or has been placed under an investigation for a crime. To discuss your child's case contact our office at (888) 301-6004. You can also learn more about the Lexington County Juvenile Court.