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, their case were be heard in criminal or supreme court (if the crime is a felony). However a recent change in the law will, over the next two years, raise the age where a child accused of a crime will have their case adjudicated in family court instead of the criminal or state supreme court.
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 defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact New York City criminal defense lawyer Andrew A. Bokser by calling for an initial consultation.
Consequences Of Having 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 34 years of legal experience and can help your child in criminal court.
New York Recently Enacted A Law That Allows Some People To Seal Prior Crimes
Only a few months ago, New York has enacted Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59, which under certain circumstances, permits a person who was convicted of no more than two crimes more than 10 years ago to have them sealed. Certain crimes (some sex offenses and Class A felonies) cannot be sealed. However, in some cases where these convictions have impacted on your job or school searches, obtaining this relief may be invaluable.
If you believe that you may benefit from this new law, please call Andrew A. Bokser for a consultation.
Get Advice And Assistance Today
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 or emailing Mr. Bokser for an initial consultation. Evening appointments are available.