Protecting Your Children When They Must Face Charges in Youth Court

Tenacious, experienced criminal defense lawyers keeping Mississippi families together

When a person under the age of 18 is charged with a crime, that person can either be tried as an adult or as a juvenile.  In Mississippi, juvenile cases are heard in Youth Court – but the potential outcomes are just as serious, and have just as much potential to ruin your child’s future as any case tried in an adult courtroom.

The criminal defense attorneys of Taylor Jones Taylor don’t believe that your child should have to pay for one mistake for the rest of his or her life. Since 1964, the firm has provided comprehensive legal counsel and aggressive defense strategies aimed at protecting the futures of children throughout the northwest region of Mississippi. If your son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild is facing charges in Youth Court, help is close by with offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch.

Common juvenile charges

Technically, any person at any age can be charged with any crime – but kids will be kids, and as such tend to fall into the same routines and categories as the kids in the generations before them. To that end, Taylor Jones Taylor often finds itself representing clients accused of:

  • Theft crimes, especially shoplifting
  • Vandalism such as graffiti
  • Trespassing
  • Underage drinking and DUI
  • Possession of marijuana

In some cases, however, a juvenile stands accused of a far more serious crime, and may be charged with a felony. Taylor Jones Taylor has successfully represented juveniles charged with:

  • Assault, both physical and sexual
  • Statutory rape
  • Possession of and/or intent to distribute a controlled substance
  • Grand larceny
  • Gang-related crimes

If a Youth Court judge sentences your child to time in a state-supported training school, your child could be mandated by law to remain there until the age of 20. If the charges are serious enough for your child to be tried as an adult, he or she may land in prison for the rest of his or her life. That is why the firm’s lawyers fight so hard to protect your child, and move as quickly as they can to have the charges dropped or dismissed.

Learn more about your child’s rights after he or she was charged with a crime

Don’t go through this difficult time alone. The criminal defense lawyers of Taylor Jones Taylor have what it takes to protect the rights and freedoms of clients under the age of 18 from Batesville, Tupelo, Clarksdale, Oxford, Cleveland and Tupelo. If your child must appear before a Youth Court, please call 662.342.1300 or fill out this contact form to speak with an attorney in the Southaven, Hernando or Olive Branch office. How can we make your future safer today?