July 28, 2014 If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise; Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And, which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son! Rudyard Kipling In recent years there have been a number of teenagers facing very serious charges in adult court – charges that, if heard in juvenile court, would consider the age and potential for rehabilitation concomitant with natural maturation. Since these charges were violent in nature, though, these teens were tried as adults. Age Of “Adulthood” According to Washington state law, as early as the age of 16 a minor who has allegedly committed a crime that is violent in nature can be headed to adult court. Here’s what is at stake if that happens: Harsher, more rigid penalties Steeper fines Jail time Permanent mark on a criminal record Making it difficult to get into college in the future Making it difficult to gainful employment in the future Potentially even making it difficult to simply rent an apartment Juvenile vs. Adult Gun Possession When a younger teen (younger than 16-17) is caught with a gun in Seattle, he or she may face much less serious charges as a minor – basic juvenile detention, for example. When those same teens are caught and tried as adults, they find themselves facing much more serious consequences, which could include years of legitimate jail time (as adults). When Your (Minor) Child Faces Criminal Charges Don’t hesitate to seek the experienced legal counsel your child needs as soon as possible. In an effort to minimize potential punishments and mitigate the long-term consequences of your child’s alleged juvenile crime, it is crucial that we act fast. No parent should have to face these trying times alone. Enlist the advocacy of an attorney who can answer your questions, explain the legal process and set reasonable expectations. When your child’s future is in jeopardy, be certain to take the necessary actions. At The Nahajski Firm, in Seattle, Washington, we prepare an aggressive criminal defense designed to protect your child’s rights and best interests. We will always handle your child’s case with the utmost respect and diligence. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced juvenile crimes defense lawyer.