Juvenile Delinquency Attorney in New Hampshire & Maine
New Hampshire has a juvenile justice system established to address criminal
offenses committed by juvenile offenders. Juvenile criminal cases are
not dealt with through the same system as adult criminal cases. Rather,
they are addressed in family court, which is typically closed to the public.
Juvenile cases begin with an initial appearance where preliminary conditions
are set, often including the assignment of a juvenile probation and parole
officer and continue through a final adjudicatory hearing or a trial where
a juvenile may be found responsible or not responsible for a criminal
offense. Records of juvenile convictions are not typically available in
response to criminal record checks.
The vast majority of juvenile cases are dealt with through programing,
drug screening, counseling and supervision by a probation and parole officer.
Frequently, juvenile courts join the school system as a party to a case
in order to supply additional supervision and academic monitoring of juvenile
offenders. Serious juvenile cases may result in out of home placement,
including in juvenile detention centers. The Division of Child Youth and
Families also may become involved where there are concerns for abuse and
neglect in the home. In rare circumstances, involving serious allegations
of criminal wrongdoing perpetrated by juveniles, such as rape and murder,
a juvenile may be certified as an adult for prosecution in adult criminal
court. The certification process is complicated and involves an evaluation
of age, intellectual maturity and the nature of the offense as well as
The criminal team at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. defends juvenile cases
and regularly appears in family court. Seasoned defense is particularly
helpful when dealing with a prosecutor, juvenile probation officer, school
officials and, from time to time, DCYF officials.
We work with all concerned parties to fashion realistic outcomes and then
assist our clients to meet case goals. We also size up the allegation,
consider the evidence and work with even our youngest clients to determine
when to contest allegations and try cases. . The firm of Shaheen &
Gordon, P.A. is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the state and
is committed to assisting clients at all levels of the criminal justice
system, including in the juvenile justice system. Call today to learn
more about how we can help.
Fight Juvenile Charges
Contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. right away if you are in need of a capable
juvenile defense attorney. Whether fighting a juvenile charge or working
with the participants in the juvenile justice system to fashion a reasonable
outcome, our attorneys work together to maximize your defense. We understand
our responsibilities when dealing with our youngest clients -- to protect
them and their future. We provide caring counsel and capable defense in
Contact us today to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to
speaking with you soon!