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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Youth detention centers could be closing in King County

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

We all make mistakes, especially teenagers. The last thing parents want is to see opportunities and doors close just because of a mistake their child made. Unfortunately, when these mistakes come in the form of criminal offenses, both parents and children can face a very stressful and emotional time. In Washington in recent years, there has been a shift in favor of rehabilitation instead of incarceration for juvenile offenders

No locks, no cells

Officials in King County are pushing for groundbreaking change in the juvenile justice system and want to close detention centers for teenagers by 2028. The initiative, known as no locks, no cells, has been the subject of much debate. According to reports, recent waves of juvenile crime have caused officials and residents to question the effectiveness and necessity of detention.

Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Division at the King County Prosecutor’s Office emphasized the need for sufficient resources and careful planning to implement this significant shift. He noted that 43 teens are currently being detained and expressed concerns that if they fail in this initiative juvenile offenders will harm more people. Special Counsel for Criminal Practice and Policy at the Department of Public Defense said incarcerating youth only harms them and makes them more likely to re-offend.

Obtaining help for those charged

Being charged with a crime can have significant consequences for an adolescent’s life and future. Juveniles in Washington who have been arrested and are facing criminal charges have options to help them protect their future. An experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide guidance and help to ensure the client’s case goes as smoothly as possible.