Has your child been charged with a criminal offence?
We can assist. As Criminal Children’s Court Defence Lawyers we regularly appear in the Children’s Court and have offices in Melbourne, Ringwood, Frankston, Geelong, Moorabbin and Dandenong in close proximity to the local Children’s Courts situated in those areas.
The Children’s Court jurisdiction applies to children who are under the age of 18 when they commit a criminal offence. They must be charged before their 19th birthday. The Children’s Court works on different sentencing principles to the adult Court when dealing with criminal charges. It is important that any defence solicitor appearing for a child in relation to criminal offences in the Children’s Court understands these principles. Look to the right menu to see more information in relation to the various sentencing dispositions available in the Children’s Court.
The emphasis in the Children’s Court is on rehabilitation. Within the criminal jurisdiction there are sentencing options available to the Court designed to protect the child so as not to negatively impact family life or the child’s potential to find future work.
There are also specialist services available to further assist in the rehabilitation of the child. Wherever possible we try to achieve participation in Ropes (a rehabilitation program) for our clients, which means they will receive no criminal record. Any Children’s Court Criminal Lawyer appearing from Dribbin & Brown will first assess the brief and charges and consider whether Ropes will be appropriate. For more on Ropes look to the right side of this page or click here.
We understand the importance of keeping a child’s criminal record clean. If the case is handled correctly, it can in many circumstances result in no criminal record. It is a privilege to work in this jurisdiction and to have a real opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life.
Our office has handled hundreds of Children’s Court matters. If your child has been charged with an offence or is about to be interviewed, schedule an appointment at one of our offices today to ensure that the matter is handled in the right way from the start. We have offices in Melbourne, Ringwood, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong and Moorabbin with specialist Children’s Court lawyers to assist you today.
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