The team at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. represents minors who are charged with crimes and tried in the Massachusetts juvenile courts. Minors under the age of 18 can be tried for alleged crimes in the juvenile court system. Penalties for juvenile crimes are often rehabilitative in nature rather than harsh and punitive.
For minors, being arrested for a criminal offense can be terrifying. Oftentimes, children aren't certain how to process the arrest and don't know what to expect. If you have been arrested, we recommend you don't talk to anyone about your case. Instead, only speak to us.
An attorney on our team will patiently listen to the details of your situation. We are bound by a client-attorney privilege, which means that can't tell anyone any of the information you share with us regarding your offense. The more you work with us, the better we can help you fight the charges filed against you.
If you are under the age of 18 and believe you will be tried as a minor, the first step in the process is an arraignment. When you are arraigned, the prosecutor will tell the judge about the charges filed against you. The prosecution will probably refer to the police report at this time.
At the arraignment, your lawyer will represent you. We will work to develop a defense and testify about your good behavior or upstanding actions. If you are involved in after-school activities, we can use this information to your advantage.
We highly recommend that you be cooperative with the probation officer as this will work in your favor. Do not talk with the probation officer about your case, however. You have the right to remain silent and discuss that with your attorney.
The judge will listen to all of the information presented at your arraignment and decide whether or not to set bail. We can help you fully prepare for and complete the legal process.
We want to be present at your arraignment so that we work to get you home. We will explore all options to get you back to your house and help you avoid being placed in the custody of the Department of Youth Services (DYS). If you are permitted to go home after being charged with a crime, make sure to attend school every day on time.
If you have a job, be a reliable employee at work. Don't get into any kind of trouble as this could compound your issues and result in a DYS mandate. If the court decides that you should go to the DYS, you have a right to appeal. We will gladly take on this appeal and challenge the bail amount that was set.
If you are arrested for a crime at a young age, we highly recommend getting an attorney on your side. We want to help you improve your future. We can fight to keep convictions off of your criminal record.
We understand that you still have a long life ahead of you and don't want it to be damaged by your current situation. Call us, if you are looking for an aggressive, client-centered, compassionate criminal defense attorney in Worcester.