What makes a Wisconsin juvenile crimes court different than adult court?
A Wisconsin Juvenile Crimes Court may provide leniency
Hearing that your child has to attend a Wisconsin juvenile crimes court is not pleasant news. However, it does not have to be bad news, either. A juvenile crimes court is set up specifically to help guide the juvenile involved. There can be punishment, but the system treats a juvenile crime in a much different manner than an adult crime.
When a minor is accused of a crime, the subsequent hearing and punishment, if appropriate, usually are handled through juvenile court. Sometimes minors can be tried as adults if the crimes are severe enough. But if the hearing will instead be through juvenile court, any punishment will focus on returning the minor to society as quickly as possible.
This does not mean that a hearing in juvenile court results in an automatic guilty verdict. There is still a hearing to determine guilt or delinquency and the level of responsibility. If the minor is found to be delinquent, the punishment may involve community service or time in juvenile detention. However, upon turning 18, the minor (now an adult) may be released and the record sealed so that the crime does not prevent the person from leading a normal life.
Juvenile courts tend to treat crimes as mistakes of a sort. The punishments are meant to penalize the person to an extent that won’t stop them from moving forward in a timely manner with school or work once the punishment is over.
Despite these advantages, juvenile court can be scary for minors, parents, and guardians who have never experienced it before. If your child has to go to juvenile court, seek legal assistance from Eisenberg Law Offices. Expert help ensures that the juvenile court experience will be easier to understand and to work with.