Juvenile Crimes

Phoenix Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer

Has Your Child Been Arrested for a Crime in Phoenix?

Many people think that a juvenile record will not carry over into adulthood. Although sealed from the public, juvenile crimes do not automatically "go away"—especially in headline-making cases like bullying. They come into play if your child is ever arrested again before or after age 18, and can even affect future employment or schooling opportunities. At Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we are committed to helping teens get a second chance and avoid being entangled in the court system.

As experienced juvenile crime attorneys, we know how to pursue the best available options for minors charged with crimes. Aside from investigating cases to create a strong defense, we also explore other options for positive outcomes, including programs that employ leniency and alternative sentencing. When necessary, we will consult psychologists, medical experts, and counselors in explaining how an emotionally troubled teen might turn to drugs, vandalism, gangs, or burglary.

Our primary goal is helping your son or daughter avoid being charged as an adult and helping them avoid being sent to juvenile lock-up. It is important to challenge the present charges to minimize any future impact, especially if your son or daughter is charged with a serious crime and prosecutors are seeking to have him or her tried as an adult in court.

How Suzuki Law Offices Can Help Your Son or Daughter

Richard Suzuki is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix who has represented young adults on a number of criminal charges, ranging from shoplifting and curfew violations to drug offenses and violent crimes. We treat minors with honesty and respect as we guide them through what can be a frightening process. Our firm practices in the juvenile courts of Maricopa County as well as those in Pima, Pinal, Yavapai Counties and surrounding areas of southern Arizona.

We handle misdemeanors, felonies and juvenile delinquencies that include:

Exploring the Alternatives to Traditional Punishment

In Arizona, the juvenile justice system is set up to not only hold young adults accountable for their actions, but to help them get back on the right track. As our lead attorney, Richard Suzuki works hard to keep the focus on rehabilitation and to help your son or daughter avoid incarceration in a youth detention facility. He pushes for diversion programs that might include psychological counseling, treatment for substance abuse, community service, restitution and staying in school.

If your child is charged with a serious felony, we will contest adult transfer proceedings to keep him or her in the juvenile system (depending on the nature of the crime). If your child has violated probation or terms of a diversionary adjudication, we will represent them in a probation revocation hearing to fight for a second chance. We help the court look beyond the mistakes or relapses the youth has made to see the positive steps he or she has taken toward responsible behavior.

Protect Your Child's Future from Juvenile Drug Charges

Our firm aggressively defends young people charged with drug crimes in state and federal courts. Our Phoenix criminal attorneys have extensive experience in drug cases, ranging from simple possession to high-level narcotics charges.

We defend juveniles charged with all types of drug offenses, including:

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of marijuana or narcotics
  • Possession of drugs with intent to distribute
  • Illegal possession of prescription drugs
  • Possession of narcotics for sale

Some juveniles may be eligible for diversion programs such as drug court. Participation in this type of program can help the juvenile get the counseling and treatment he or she needs. It can also protect their educational and career options.

Defending Minors Charged with Sex Crimes

While Arizona takes a rehabilitative approach in many other juvenile cases, like those involving minor drug crimes, it takes a hardline stance in cases involving juvenile sex crimes. In certain circumstances, a juvenile can be charged in adult court. If they are convicted in that venue, the juvenile may be listed on the sex offender registry for life. By contrast, if the juvenile is charged and convicted in juvenile court, he or she may be removed from the sex offender registry at the age of 22.

Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. has experience in all types of sex crime cases, including rape, sexual assault, and internet sex crimes. If your child is being investigated or charged with a sex crime, contact our firm immediately.

In your child's case, we will undertake a thorough review of the events leading to the arrest. Our first goal, if possible, will be to keep the case in juvenile court. We will then explore defense options, such as seeking a dismissal or reduction of the charge, a negotiated plea that limits potential penalties, or an aggressive defense at trial. Our criminal defense lawyers can work to use our experience, knowledge, and skills to obtain a favorable outcome against your child's sex crime charges.

Defending Minors Facing Violent Crime Charges

Juvenile prosecutors are serious when it comes to violent crimes. They frequently try to charge juveniles in adult court, exposing them to the possibility of lengthy prison sentences. Certain circumstances, such as the use of a gun or knife in a robbery, can result in enhanced charges and the possibility of additional time in a juvenile or adult correctional facility.

We vigorously defend juveniles charged with violent crimes, including:

One of the criminal attorneys at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., Matthew Bartz, served as a prosecutor in the Juvenile Crimes Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney's office, where he handled scores of juvenile violent crime cases. Whenever we can, we attempt to keep such cases out of adult court and in juvenile court, where different rules and procedures apply.

Contact Our Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorneys Today

At our firm, we understand the juvenile court system, how to prepare cases, how to interact with case officers, and how to work effectively with the court. Juvenile crimes should not ruin your child's life. We work to establish that our clients are not railroaded for something they did not do, and that they are not punished too severely for an offense they committed. Contact Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. for a free consultation to discuss the possible outcome and consequences of your case.


To discuss your case with our firm, call (602) 842-6762 or fill out a free online consultation form.


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