If this is the juvenile’s first adjudication, he or she may be eligible for a deferred disposition depending on the severity of the offense committed. A deferred disposition enables the juvenile to avoid adjudicated delinquency – in essence, it gives the juvenile a second chance. If the juvenile remains arrest free and compliant with the recommendations set forth by the Judge, the matter gets dismissed after a prescribed period of time (usually one year). The Court “defers” the disposition, allowing to juvenile to demonstrate his willingness abide by the law. Depending on the seriousness of the original charge, a deferred disposition may result in the juvenile reporting to a probation officer or a “court approved” community activist involved in working with juveniles and “keeping them on the right path.” Once the juvenile completes the deferred disposition all identifying information, such as fingerprints and DNA, must be removed from the system if the juvenile has been required to report.
Attorney Austin has successfully negotiated on behalf of her juvenile clients to obtain deferred dispositions for young first offenders. She understands what is at stake when your juvenile first enters the criminal justice system and the negative impact this encounter can have on his or her future. She knows what challenges you and your child will face in Court and will fight to get the best result for your child.
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