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Defending Young Adults in New York Criminal Court

We often do not think of our children as adults until they turn 18. However, in New York state, if a child is 16 years of age or older the case will be heard in Criminal or Supreme Court (if a felony).

If you are the parent of a child who has been charged with a crime and your child is 16 or older, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact New York City criminal defense lawyer Andrew A. Bokser by calling 718-834-1904 or emailing Mr. Bokser at abokser@bokserlaw.com for an initial consultation.

Consequences of a Criminal Record

If your child is convicted in a criminal court, he or she will have a criminal record. Having a criminal record will impact your child's adult life before it even starts. For example:

  • Employment opportunities may be limited as employers may be reluctant to hire someone with a criminal history
  • Applications for post-secondary education opportunities may be denied
  • It may be difficult to find housing
  • Foreign travel may be difficult

With all of this and more at stake it is very important that you hire a lawyer who can protect your child's rights. Attorney Andrew A. Bokser has over 30 years of legal experience and can help your child in Criminal Court.

Youthful Offender Status

If your 16, 17, or 18-year-old is facing a hearing in adult criminal court, it may still be possible to have the case treated like it would be in family court. This is accomplished through the designation of youthful offender status. A child will automatically be granted youthful offender status if he or she is under 19 and has no prior felony convictions or has not been declared a youthful offender in the past.

A child will not be automatically eligible for youthful offender status if:

  • He/she is charged with a Class A felony
  • Has been charged with certain armed felonies
  • Has been charged with certain sex crimes

Even if your child is not automatically eligible for youthful offender status, a judge still has the discretion to grant youthful offender status based on a variety of factors. Attorney Andrew A. Bokser can argue that your child deserves to be treated as a youthful offender, thus preserving a clean criminal record and ensuring a less difficult future.

For an Initial Consultation Call a Brooklyn Attorney With Experience in Criminal Law

If your child is facing criminal charges in adult criminal court, you need an experienced attorney to ensure that his or her rights are protected. Contact a Brooklyn family court attorney by calling 718-834-1904 or emailing Mr. Bokser at abokser@bokserlaw.com for an initial consultation. Evening appointments are available.

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