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Defense For Juvenile Crimes In Queens NY

We Help Kids Get Back On Track

Welcome to the website of Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, P.C. Our practice is centered around the needs of our clients, and no cases are more urgent to us than when someone calls because their child is in trouble. We’re parents too. We understand.

When we work on juvenile delinquency cases (in New York, “juvenile delinquent” is the designation applied to young people in matters that would be crimes if committed by adults), we don’t just look out for the needs of your child. We work with your family, and look at all the ways we can help you put your child back on the right path.

The good news is that our practice includes a strong Family Law component, so we’re extremely well versed in the people and procedures of Family Court, where your child’s case will be decided. Here are the basics of how juvenile cases play out:

  • The juvenile is taken into custody. Children between the ages of 7 and 16 may be designated as “juvenile delinquents” and Family Court adjudicates their “delinquent acts,” rather than “crimes.” Most likely, your child will be released to your custody with a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT), requiring you and your child to appear in court. In some cases, the child will be detained until the initial court appearance.
  • The Initial Appearance is akin to an arraignment in adult cases. The charges are described and the judge makes a determination about whether the child will be held in a Juvenile Detention Facility or released to parents or a guardian, and the court schedules a Fact Finding Disposition.
  • As your attorneys, we will be present with your child during the Initial Appearance, and then conduct a thorough investigation of the case. Our aim for the fact finding disposition is to identify exculpatory evidence that lets us contest the charge, or to focus on mitigating factors that allow us to resolve the case without a trial.
  • If we are unable to negotiate a solution that meets your family’s needs, a dispositional hearing will be scheduled with the court. After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, a family court judge will decide your child’s guilt or innocence, and the court will sentence your child.

If your child has been arrested in Queens or New York City, call us today. Our firm has a strong track record with juvenile and family court cases, and we can help your family in this difficult time. When you call the attorneys of Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, P.C., you can expect a free, no-hassle consultation with an experienced Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney.

We want to hear what’s happened, all of it, and then we’ll tell you what’s likely to happen next. We have families ourselves, and we want to help. Call 718-599-1111 today for your free consultation with knowledgeable, experienced Juvenile Defense Attorneys right here in Queens.