Lake Charles Juvenile Charges Lawyer

Lake Charles Juvenile Defense Attorney

Doing foolish things now and then is part of growing up. But when a teenager is arrested for a crime, representation by an experienced juvenile defense attorney is necessary to mitigate potential penalties.

Walter M. Sanchez has represented juveniles in a wide range of cases, ranging from first-time drug possession charges to cases involving serious sex offenses and homicide. He is an experienced advocate for young people accused of crimes, and will work to protect your child's future.

Call (337) 433-4405 or send the firm an e-mail for a free initial consultation. Walter M. Sanchez can review your child's situation and discuss the legal options available in the case.

Rehabilitation, Not Punishment

A juvenile charge is not the end of the world, especially when it is a first-time minor offense. Whenever possible, Louisiana courts favor outcomes focused on juvenile rehabilitation rather than punishment.

The Sanchez Law Firm, L.L.C. will work to obtain the best result possible — one that minimizes potential penalties and enables the juvenile to move forward in a positive manner. In many cases, it may be possible to keep the juvenile's record clean, so that educational and career options of the child can be preserved.

When it can help in the case, the firm can discuss with you the need for experts such as psychologists, counselors, social service and other professionals to develop findings that can be used to support and justify a rehabilitative outcome.

Juveniles Accused of Serious Crimes

In recent years, public opinion and legislative action have resulted in more juveniles facing increased penalties in juvenile court or transfer to adult court. Rather than an outcome that stresses rehabilitation, juveniles in these situations may face mandatory sentencing to extended time in the custody of the state and even incarceration in an adult prison. Children accused of certain sex crimes can even be made to register as sex offenders upon their release from custody.

In these cases, the immediate goal of The Sanchez Law Firm, L.L.C. will be to keep the case in juvenile court if at all possible. Walter M. Sanchez understands the law and the process courts use when deciding where to handle cases involving serious juvenile charges. He will work to present a compelling argument to keep the case in juvenile court. Mr. Sanchez will then aggressively defend the charge or charges using the appropriate legal strategy.

Whatever the criminal charge, your child deserves a chance to make the most of his or her future. The Sanchez Law Firm, L.L.C. will work energetically to obtain the best outcome possible based on the facts of the case.

Contact a Lawyer

For a free initial consultation with The Sanchez Law Firm, L.L.C. about a juvenile crime or juvenile delinquency case, call (337) 433-4405 or contact the firm online.