Juvenile Crimes in Hilton Head

Who is considered a juvenile?

In most states, those who are under the age of 18 are considered minors or juveniles. If a minor has been charged with a criminal offense in these states, the criminal process and penalties will be different than for those above the age of 18. The state of South Carolina is different, however. Anyone above the age of 16 will be charged in General Sessions rather than Family Court. For minors aged 15 and younger, they will be heard in the Family Court, or the Juvenile court. For representation with a juvenile crime, feel free to speak with a Hilton Head criminal defense lawyer today!

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Although the juvenile defendant has many similar rights as adults, he or she does not have the right to jury trial. Instead, a bench trial must take place. The rights that a juvenile, who is charged with a criminal offense, has, includes the following:

  • The right to a trial
  • The right to call witnesses
  • The right to subpoena witnesses
  • The right to subpoena evidence
  • The right to remain silent

If a minor is charged with a crime in the juvenile court, this individual can either be released to his or her parents' custody or detained. If they are arrested, they must be held at the detention center for juveniles. If this minor pleads or is found guilty, they will be considered "adjudicated delinquent."

There are specific penalties associated with juvenile offenses. One of the primary differences between the penalties of an adult and juvenile offender is that the juvenile court focusses on rehabilitation over punishment. For instance, there is a larger stress on classes over detainment. If any minor is accused of a crime, they will need to have a Hilton Head juvenile crime attorney present. Contact our firm today!

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