Young people sometimes make bad decisions that lead to allegations of illegal conduct. When this occurs, the North Carolina juvenile justice system offers resolutions that focus on correcting behavior and addressing its underlying causes. Our Greensboro firm, Coalter Law, PLLC, recognizes the difficulties that children and their families face when dealing with delinquency charges. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys understand how options such as diversion, protective supervision and substance-abuse treatment often serve everyone’s interests better than incarceration. Whether the charge involves youthful mischief or a more serious offense, we protect the rights of young people and make every effort to help them move forward successfully.
Attorney Aaron Wellman is a skilled juvenile court attorney who thoroughly understands the distinctions between juvenile delinquency proceedings and the adult criminal justice system. Changes in the North Carolina law mean that by the end of 2019, most cases involving 16- and 17-year-olds will be handled according to the juvenile guidelines. Certain serious crimes are the exceptions. Nearly every type of criminal misconduct is considered a juvenile offense if the suspect is 15 years of age or younger. Starting with a free initial consultation, our firm helps young people and their parents in matters pertaining to:
Juveniles have the right to counsel, even though they may be held in temporary custody rather than being placed under arrest. After noting the offense, police will then contact the child’s parents and generally release the child into the parents’ custody. Evidence concerning the offense is then submitted to the court where a court counselor will decide whether or not to issue a petition against the child.
Attorney Aaron Wellman represents youths in adjudication and disposition hearings. If your child has been accused of misconduct, we’ll work immediately to guard against leading police questions, procedural problems and overly aggressive prosecution. In many cases, cases can be resolved through an adjudication of delinquency or discipline, which sets terms that allow a child to take responsibility for their actions but does not leave them with a criminal record. In more serious cases, we strive to minimize detention or replace it with diversion that can include probation or community service. Our significant experience with expungement relating to both juvenile and adult offenses means we can help clients minimize any negative long-term consequences associated with a youthful mistake.
Coalter Law, PLLC handles all types of juvenile law matters in Guilford County and throughout the surrounding area. To arrange a free initial consultation at our Greensboro office, please call 336-645-9336 or contact us online.