As of November 1, 2023, most juveniles will no longer have to register as a sex offender and be eligible to seal their convictions. Law enforcement will start removing eligible people from the registry soon and mailing letters confirming they have been removed. If you receive a letter indicating that you have been removed from the registry, please contact our office for a free consultation to determine if you are eligible to seal your offense.

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Early intervention is key to deterring juvenile crime

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2023 | Juvenile offenses |

Adolescence is a stage of life that is full of changes, and it’s also a time of much confusion. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for many adolescents to rebel during this period. Most of the time, this rebellion manifests in ways that are nothing more than harmless fun. In some cases, however, one spur-of-the-moment decision can end up completely changing the course of a young person’s life. Early intervention may be the key to preventing juveniles in Washington from heading down the wrong path.  

Promising evidence 

There is a growing body of research showing that early intervention is crucial in deterring criminal activity among juveniles. In the past, juvenile reform focused on intervention only after a juvenile had been participating in disruptive behavior or criminal activity. However, recent studies suggest that youth who are involved in development programs early in their lives are more resilient and often participate less in delinquency. 

Effective programs 

Current studies have indicated that the most effective youth programs are those that focus on behavioral development and are implemented as early as possible in the person’s life. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has recommendations for the most effective types of school and community prevention programs. These programs include bullying prevention, after-school recreation, mentoring and conflict resolution curriculums. 

Legal assistance for juvenile offenders 

Adolescents experience the world much differently than adults. Juvenile offenders often need to be shown direction rather than being harshly reprimanded. In Washington, those who have been charged with juvenile crimes have options available that can help them during this difficult experience. By acquiring the services of an experienced attorney, those accused can obtain valuable guidance while ensuring that their personal rights are protected.