The Rhode Island juvenile justice system operates in a different manner than the adult court system, and not every attorney is familiar with the best way to advocate for your child. In Rhode Island, juvenile proceedings are initiated in the Family Court and are conducted in closed courtrooms, which ensures that no one will find out what your child is charged with or how those charges are resolved. Juveniles charged with crimes are not entitled to have a jury decide their case, in such situations, a Family Court judge will determine the guilt or innocence of your child.
When your child is facing a juvenile charge, you need a lawyer who knows the laws and defenses to the criminal charges and knows the resources and possibilities of juvenile proceedings. Juvenile cases could require your child to be detained at the Rhode Island Training School, so it is important to get an attorney involved to fight this possibility.
Attorney Christopher E. Friel has handled a significant number of juvenile criminal cases, and he knows the court system, the judges and the attorneys for the state. This enables him to seek out creative resolutions in the best interest of your child. By contacting Attorney Friel today at 401-737-4200, you can get answers to the questions you have and he can help get your child back on the proper path to lifetime success.