As a parent it is very frightening to learn that your son or daughter has been charged with a crime. In Pennsylvania a Juvenile is defined as an individual who is under the age of eighteen, who may have committed a crime but lacks responsibility as an adult.

The criminal process in Juvenile court is as follows:
(1) A Detention Hearing
(2) Adjudication Hearing
(3) Disposition Hearing

In many cases I am able to ensure that my client is not found delinquent. Some methods include negotiating a consent decree (probationary period), referral to peer court or community court if available in the jurisdiction, or withholding adjudication (probation with a verdict). In other cases it may make more sense to take the case to a Hearing on the merits or lack thereof.