When a child or young adult runs into trouble with the law, they are too often judged by the authority figures in their life — including teachers, parents, and other relatives. A criminal charge is an enormous strain on family members, and the confusing legal process only makes matters worse. A teenager caught up in criminal activity often carries the heavy burden of shame. However, here at Yee & Associates, I do things differently. It’s not my job to judge a child’s situation. It’s my job to make sure their situation doesn’t impact their future.
If you are a minor facing criminal charges or the parent of a child who is facing criminal charges in Boston, it’s important that you reach out to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. As a father of two and former coach, I understand kids, and the fear that parents feel when kids make poor decisions. I will work tirelessly to pursue the best possible outcome for your child in the courtroom and at school.
The state of Massachusetts provides a range of responses to address criminal acts committed by juveniles. As a juvenile defense attorney, I can fight against some of the most common juvenile charges, including:
Possession or consumption of alcohol
Possession, consumption, or intent to distribute drugs
Vandalism and graffiti
Shoplifting & petty theft
Fighting in a public place
Indecent exposure / sexual offenses
Bullying amounting to assault
Restraining and Harassment Orders
If your child has been charged with criminal activity, or you’re worried they might be charged, you need to seek the advice of an experienced juvenile defense lawyer. As a seasoned juvenile advocate, I understand how criminal charges are intertwined with many areas of a young adult’s life — from academics, to social media, to registering a vehicle at the RMV. I will take the lead on the legal details surrounding your case so that you, your child, and your family can start to regain peace of mind. More importantly, I will fight for you, both in and out of the courtroom, because I know that we all deserve a second chance.
How Is Juvenile Law Different?
There are many differences between the adult justice system and the juvenile justice system. Here are important reminders about juvenile law:
Any juvenile may be taken into custody if there is reason to believe an offense was committed.
Under special circumstances, juveniles can be tried as adults.
Minors under the age of 7 generally cannot be tried, even in juvenile court. However, their parents may be held responsible for their actions.
The court decides what is in the best interest of the juvenile while determining whether a formal hearing will take place.
The general objective in a juvenile case is to provide the minor with the services and support that will prevent future misconduct.
There are many nuances and details regarding juvenile law, including the age at which a juvenile is considered an adult. For example, many offenses that you may consider to be "minor" may result in your child being suspended indefinitely from school or losing their right to drive. However, you need to consult with a juvenile criminal defense attorney to fully understand the process and your options going forward.
Even if your child is facing a charge for a non-violent crime, a criminal record can have a devastating impact on their future. Facing criminal charges is also likely to cause emotional distress and frustration in the present. I started practicing law in 1993 to provide representation for individuals and families to alleviate some of this stress. You don’t have to go through this alone, and you shouldn’t leave the outcome of your case to chance. With more than two decades of experience in juvenile defense and litigation, I strive to help you and your family when you need it the most. Having legal advocacy in your corner will go a long way to helping you find peace of mind.
Has your child been arrested? Held at a police station? Nervous for the future? You want to get the best representation for your child no matter the circumstances. I am dedicated to helping young people who are facing criminal charges get a second chance at a bright future. If you live in the greater Boston area, or Norfolk County and Worcester County, contact Yee & Associates in Franklin, MA, for an initial consultation.