Exploring All Options When Advocating For Your Child
In most situations, it is relatively easy for minors to move on after suffering a lapse in judgment. But if their lapse in judgment results in a criminal charge, the results can be long-lasting, potentially affecting their educational and employment opportunities in the state of Washington and across the country.
Our team of seasoned criminal defense attorneys recognize that successfully representing a juvenile in a criminal matter requires a skill set distinct from defending an adult in criminal court. For nearly two decades, we have used our extensive experience in juvenile law to secure favorable results that minimize the impact an arrest and conviction can have on our clients.
Defending Juveniles Charged With A Range Of Offenses
The Law Office of Amy Muth, PLLC, concentrates solely on litigating criminal matters. As a result, you can be certain that we will navigate the legal process efficiently so that your teen’s matters are resolved as promptly as possible.
Our attorneys are qualified to handle a variety of complex criminal cases involving juvenile offenses, including:
- Juvenile sex violations
- Juvenile domestic violence
- Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia
- Minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol
- Shoplifting and other theft crimes
- Vandalism, arson and other property crimes
Our attorneys are respected throughout Seattle’s legal community because they seek solutions that truly promote their client’s best interests. We regularly partner with psychologists and substance abuse treatment providers to identify and address the underlying issues influencing our clients’ behavior.
When you hire our firm, we will seek legal remedy rooted in rehabilitating offenders and positioning them for success in the future. Our record of case reductions, dismissals and acquittals speak to our proven legal abilities.
What’s New In Washington Juvenile Criminal Law
A recent change in the law makes it harder for minors to be tried as adults. The law raised the age of defendants under juvenile court jurisdiction from 21 to 25. It also removed several criminal charges that would trigger “autodecline” for 16- and 17-year-old defendants. In other words, these charges, including first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery, no longer automatically send defendants aged 16 or 17 to adult court.
However, prosecutors can still ask the juvenile court judge to transfer your teen’s case to adult court. If that happens, our attorneys will present a persuasive case that your child’s case should remain in juvenile court.