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Protecting Young People In Juvenile Defense Cases

When a juvenile is charged with a crime, the case is referred to as a delinquency case. Delinquency cases are handled in the juvenile court. While this is different than the adult criminal court, the accused may still face serious repercussions. A negative outcome in juvenile court could have a life-changing impact on the accused's education and future career.

If you have been accused of a juvenile offense, or your child has been charged with a crime, you can benefit from the help of an experienced juvenile defense lawyer. At the law firm of Manzi, Seccareccio & Merwin, P.C., in Lowell, we are committed to protecting the future of children accused of juvenile crimes in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Juvenile Defense Is Different Than Adult Defense

It is important that you choose a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the rules and procedures of juvenile court. They are significantly different than those of adult court. Even the goal of juvenile court is different. Whenever possible, the court's aim is rehabilitation, not punishment. Our attorneys bring more than 35 years of combined experience to these matters. We know how these courts work and how to protect children every step of the way.

We defend against all juvenile crimes, including:

  • Alcohol-related offenses like underage drinking and drunk driving
  • Drug possession and other drug offenses
  • Shoplifting and other theft offenses
  • Breaking and entering and other property crimes

Youthful Offender Cases

When a child age 17 or under is charged with a serious crime, he or she may be tried as an adult. These are referred to as youthful offender cases. In these cases, our priority is to keep the case in the juvenile system and out of adult court if at all possible. If the child is ultimately tried as an adult, we will provide zealous representation in negotiation or trial.

Contact Our Law Firm For A Free Initial Consultation

You can reach our Lowell office at 978-703-8517 or our Woburn office at 781-304-8864 to schedule an appointment about a delinquency case. You can also reach us via email. Same-day appointments are available.