A Strong Defense Attorney for Tennessee Juvenile Offense Charges
Protecting your child’s rights and focusing on the future in Cookeville, TN
Unfortunately, sometimes children get in trouble. If your child was caught in an act of simple mischief or another incident of bad judgment, The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis won’t give up on fighting for your child’s rights. We have extensive experience defending minors facing the Tennessee juvenile justice system. The legal processes and defense strategies are different for juveniles, and Douglas K. Dennis and his team have the training and sophistication to represent your child against juvenile crime charges. We understand how difficult it can be for family and loved ones when a child they care about is charged with a juvenile offense. Our goal is to turn that young person’s life around and make a difference.
What makes a juvenile crime different from an adult crime in Tennessee?
In Putnam County, Cumberland County and elsewhere in Tennessee, the law says juveniles are too young to be held legally responsible for their actions. The state and the justice system also recognize this and have set up separate courts for juveniles who have been charged with juvenile offenses. These juvenile courts seek to address delinquency by the minor child. Juveniles do not typically face jail time or other severe criminal penalties for felonies and misdemeanors, although they might face substance abuse counseling, mental health treatment and restrictions on their freedom. Because the punishments and solutions in juvenile courts are different, the rules, policies, procedures and punishments are also different from those in the “adult” courts. A qualified, experienced and smart juvenile criminal defense lawyer such as Douglas K. Dennis can competently represent your child’s case, as our firm is highly familiar with these differences.
Common juvenile crimes in Middle Tennessee
Minors may commit crimes because they’ve fallen in with the wrong crowd, or they may think acting up is going to make them look cooler. At The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis, we fight daily for our clients’ freedom, whether the child got caught with drugs, vandalized a wall, or even committed a violent offense. Common juvenile criminal offenses our firm handles include the following:
- Traffic offenses
- Alcohol possession
- Drug possession and sale
- Underage DUI, public intoxication and alcohol consumption
- Curfew violations
- Vandalism and theft
- Auto theft
- Violent acts, including assault and battery
- Trespassing on private or restricted property
- Juvenile sexual assaults
- Juvenile sexual offenses, such as sexting
- Unruliness, delinquency and truancy
While adult consequences of these crimes might involve jail time or serious fines, Douglas K. Dennis often obtains lesser penalties, such as treatment programs, community service and/or probationary periods, that focus on a child’s future, rather than on punishment.
Get experienced representation to protect your child’s future
At The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis, we understand how important it is for young people to learn to break the destructive patterns that got them into trouble in the first place. If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, contact The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis at 931-528-3684 or online for a free initial consultation. We’re available to fight for your freedom 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our office is located in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, and we serve clients in Crossville and Sparta, and throughout White and Cumberland counties.