This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of juvenile offense cases in Little Rock, Arkansas. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as many parents do not know what to expect when their young one has been arrested. It is understandable that one would be unsure as to whether the process will be similar to an adult criminal case or if different procedures exist for young offenders. Our goal with this series has been to provide information which will assist residents in selecting a criminal defense attorney to handle such matters.
We addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we analyzed include:
- The difference between adult and juvenile courts
- Dealing with prosecutors in a juvenile case
- The process of defending a juvenile matter
There are several reasons why it is important to understand these topics. First, there are many similarities between the adult and juvenile systems but there are also many differences. The most important of these differences may be the fact that Judges are given broader discretion in how to deal with juvenile offenders. Second, while prosecutors are tasked with “looking out for the interests of a juvenile offender,” the truth of the matter is that such cases are handled in much the same way as those involving adults. Finally, understanding what to expect throughout the process is crucial to ensuring that matters go smoothly.
If your young one has been arrested then it is important that you contact counsel experienced in handling such matters. Our Little Rock lawyers have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience and have handled many cases involving juveniles. We know what to expect from the process and will be there to answer your questions. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of the state.