Did you know that juvenile cases are considered to be civil matters, rather than criminal? Juvenile law in New Mexico allows minors to be tried in juvenile court, but more and more children are being treated as adults and forced to go through criminal court.
If your child has been charged with a crime, it’s important to have an attorney who understands juvenile criminal laws in New Mexico. Attorney Dorene A. Kuffer has over 30 years of experience working in the area of juvenile and child law and can help you understand how it will be applied in your child’s case.
Cases handled by the Law Office of Dorene Kuffer
Aside from handling criminal and juvenile cases, we also handle a wide range of other legal proceedings. We understand how delicate every matter is when a child is involved. Here is a list of other areas we cover:
- Adoption – Legal representation can help expedite the process of adults formally assuming the responsibilities of parents.
- Child support – Lawyers can help put your child’s needs first in these proceedings.
- Child custody – Legal advice can help find and set up the best environment for a child during a separation.
- Child visitation and support – Lawyers can help navigate the complex area of law that deals with child visitation and support.
- Child custody modification – Legal advice is critical when making changes to the parenting plans.
About Juvenile Law Courts in Albuquerque, NM
When a child is charged under New Mexico law, it means that a prosecutor has filed a civil petition charging that a criminal law was broken. If the charges are proven in juvenile court, a judge determines the sentence. For minor crimes, this might mean that your child is placed in a diversion program or similar program like community service. For other more serious offenses, it could mean your child will spend time in juvenile detention. It’s vital to have an experienced attorney representing your child to increase the chances of a positive outcome.
How to Avoid Being Charged as an Adult
Serious violent and felony juvenile crimes could lead to your child being charged as an adult. As the former Chief of Juvenile Justice in Chicago, Illinois, Dorene Kuffer will advocate for your child to be charged according to juvenile criminal law, not as an adult.
Contact our Juvenile Criminal Law Attorney
It’s important for children to be represented by an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney. Even seemingly simple accusations of bullying in school could lead to your child having a record or facing serious consequences. Records about any incident are often discovered by future employers and college admissions board. For aggressive legal defense, contact Dorene Kuffer today. Don’t take chances with your child’s future by relying on anything other than the most experienced juvenile law attorney.