Practice Areas

Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

New York, Queens

One of the scariest things is to find out your child has been arrested and worse yet, taken into police custody. In New York State a person under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile offender when they’ve been accused of a crime. Under these circumstances they can be tried in the juvenile system in the hopes they will learn from their mistakes and return to the community as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, some judges may want to make an example out of the offender and try them as an adult. If that happens, you want to contact your New York, Queen’s criminal defense attorney, The Law Offices of Joseph W. Murray.

Some examples of juvenile offenses we represent include:

  • Assault/battery
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Weapons possession
  • Drug crimes and posession
  • DWI
  • Sexual assault

What can you expect when a Juvenille is arrest in New York or Queens?

If a juvenile offense is not violent or premeditated, rehabilitation will be recommended. Juvenile courts have some differences to courts who deal with adults as any penalties they face will not be recognized when they become adults. An officer will bring the child to a holding area or release to their parents while they await a hearing depending on the circumstances, so it’s best to contact your New York City, Queens, Criminal Defense attorney as quickly as you can.

The first hearing your child will face will be one of fact-finding. Your child and their attorney are shown evidence of the charges and the facts of the case against them. No juries are present at this time sentences will be left to the judge’s discretion.

What to expect at the hearing:

  • The agency will present a witness and evidence to prove their case
  • The Criminal Juvenile Defense attorney will be allowd to cross examine the witnesses
  • The childs lawyer has an opportunity to present their own evidence and witnesses
  • The judge will issue a “finding” if the case is proven beyond any reasonable doubt
  • The judge will then dismiss the petions

When there is enough evidence against the offender, the judge will schedule a dispositional hearing where he will decide if the minor child can be released to their parents or guardians. If he does not feel that release is warranted the child will be returned to the facility until a hearing takes place. Penalties are decided during the second hearing where the juveniles representatives will be present. They include the attorney as well as the parents. Several possible outcomes are depending on the severity of the crime, they may be sent home and receive probation, or in some cases, they may have to do some time in prison.

You will want to obtain the best possible outcome for your child that is why you need to  Contact:

The Law Offices of Joseph W. Murray.
Tel: (646) 838-1702 or
email: for a consultation