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    Juvenile

    Juvenile Crime Representation in Upstate SC

    Most kids make mistakes when they are growing up. Just ask anyone who has experience raising children. Unfortunately, judges and prosecutors in the juvenile court system often forget this, resulting in criminal charges for juvenile offenders.

    In the past, juvenile judges were more lenient on kids and teens who committed minor infractions. Today, their attitude is that kids who commit crimes should be punished. Even misdemeanor charges can lead to a sentence of juvenile detention or a lengthy probation period. In the most extreme cases, a judge may even order that a juvenile offender be removed from his or her home and placed in foster care. This is why it is so important to hire an attorney with experience defending juveniles.

    Felony Convictions

    Felony charges are more serious than misdemeanor charges. If your child is at least 14 years old, a felony conviction will result in a permanent criminal record. This will make it difficult for your child to get a job later in life. If the conviction involved drugs, it could even make it impossible for your child to qualify for federal financial aid. The conviction will show up on background checks, which might also make it difficult for your child to obtain rental housing in the future. Some juvenile judges transfer felony cases to adult court, which means the penalties for a conviction are much greater.

    Defending Juveniles in Court

    If you are looking for an attorney to represent your child, Lauren is the right choice. She understands how important it is to build a good defense against juvenile charges. Lauren will do everything in her power to put your family at ease and help your child through the legal system.

    Drug Crimes

    Lauren helps minors who have been charged with the following offenses:

    • Marijuana possession
    • Distribution of drugs in a school zone
    • Manufacturing drugs
    • Conspiracy to distribute drugs
    • Possession of illegal drugs
    • Drug distribution

    Fraud and Theft Charges

    If your child has been charged with any of the following crimes, contact our office for assistance.

    • Petit larceny
    • Grand larceny
    • Shoplifting
    • Vehicle tampering
    • Auto theft
    • Breaking and entering
    • Joy riding
    • Burglary
    • Embezzlement

    Violent Crimes

    The prosecutor may also charge a juvenile with a violent crime. These are just some examples of violent crimes charges in South Carolina:

    • Arson
    • Assault
    • Battery
    • Murder
    • Abduction
    • Robbery
    • Malicious wounding
    • Assault by mob
    • Firearm use
    • School bomb threats
    • Domestic assault
    • Assault of a law enforcement officer
    • Assault of a teacher

    Traffic Offenses and DUI

    Any minor who has been charged with DUI or a traffic offense should call Lauren immediately. She defends juveniles against the following charges:

    • Driving with a suspended license
    • Reckless driving or speeding
    • Driving under the influence
    • Hit and run accidents
    • Driving while intoxicated

    General Offenses

    Lauren defends juveniles against general misdemeanors, including the following:

    • Disorderly conduct
    • Public drunkenness
    • Trespassing
    • Stalking
    • Phone threats
    • Underage tobacco use or possession

    Lauren Taylor is a criminal defense attorney in Greenville SC, who represents juveniles in defense cases throughout the upstate. Call her today for an initial consultation 843-790-9009 .