Greenville, Anderson, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Surrounding Counties
At the Druanne White Law Firm in Anderson, South Carolina, we understand young people make mistakes without understanding the consequences. Our lawyers help juveniles and their families discover constructive ways to learn from mistakes. We also help them to understand that although they are not old enough to be held responsible now, once they reach the age of 17 years, the consequences for the same crimes become much harsher and can lead to a life behind bars.
If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense in the Greenville, Anderson, or Spartanburg, South Carolina, area, or in a surrounding county, please contact the White Davis and White Law Firm for a free initial consultation.
Juvenile law is governed by the individual state in most cases and most states have enacted a juvenile code that focuses more on rehabilitation than punishment of juvenile offenders. In more serious crimes, the juvenile court has the option to waive jurisdiction and allow the juvenile to be tried as an adult.
The commission of any crime by a person under 17 years of age is classified as juvenile delinquency. Correction of delinquency requires intervention by the juvenile court. Unlike adult court systems, juvenile courts operate under a different set of procedures and rules. A juvenile convicted of a crime in the juvenile court system may be punished in any of these ways:
- Placed on probation and returned to parents
- Placed on house arrest and returned to parents
- Placed in a public institution/juvenile hall
- Placed in a foster home
Typical Juvenile Offenses
Typical juvenile offenses that bring charges and may cause the offender to need legal representation in juvenile court include:
- Substance abuse
- Truancy violations
- Curfew violations
- Property crimes
- Assault charges
- Weapons offenses
- Sex offenses
The Need for a Juvenile Lawyer
In the majority of juvenile offense cases, hiring a juvenile lawyer experienced in practicing juvenile law is your best option. This offers your best chance of a successful defense strategy. You should retain a lawyer immediately after there has been a charge made against the juvenile.
If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile offense in Greenville, Anderson or Spartanburg, South Carolina, or a surrounding county, please contact the attorneys of The White Davis & White Law Firm immediately so we may begin preparing a defense on your behalf.