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Your Juvenile Defense Resource

Juvenile offenses are not small matters. When a child is accused of violating the laws of Kentucky it is imperative to hire experienced counsel to best navigate the juvenile judicial process.

I am criminal defense attorney Kevin Olsen. If your child has been charged with underage drinking, shoplifting or any other juvenile offense, I can help. As a former felony prosecutor, I understand how cases are put together and what is needed to build an effective defense. To schedule a free consultation at my Paducah office, please call 270-908-0088 or toll free at 888-560-3989. You can also reach me online.

How Juvenile Defense Is Handled At The Law Office Of Kevin M. Olsen, PLLC

When you retain me to handle your juvenile defense matter, I begin by analyzing the case against your child to identify any weaknesses.

Although the protections provided to juveniles accused of a public offense (ordinarily, an act that would be a crime if committed by an adult) are substantial, they are not identical to the same constitutional safeguards given to adults. One major difference? Adults accused of crimes are provided with a constitutional right to a jury trial; children proceeded against in the juvenile session of District Court, are not.

Instead of a jury trial, the juvenile is entitled to an adjudication hearing where the court, sitting without a jury, will determine the truth or falsity of the charges. Although there is no right to a jury trial, the prosecution still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the juvenile is responsible for the act for which they stand accused.

In representing juveniles, my primary focus is on analyzing the evidence, providing experienced legal advice to the juvenile, and where necessary, setting the matter for an adjudication hearing (trial). If, after the adjudication hearing, the court finds that the allegations are true, the juvenile is set for a separate disposition hearing (similar to an adult sentencing), unless the child waives the right to a formal predisposition report. Children in juvenile court face substantial penalties, including, but not limited to, a stay in the juvenile detention center.

The Difference Between Juvenile Offenses And Adult Crimes

Juvenile offenses are generally treated differently than adult crimes. The juvenile justice system focuses on being rehabilitative rather than punitive. Children are not found guilty of a crime, they are adjudicated delinquent. The philosophy is that children should not have to pay for the rest of their lives for mistakes that they made when they were juveniles.

The commonly held view that children are always treated more leniently than similarly situated adults is unfortunately not always correct. Under some statutorily enumerated circumstances juveniles can be proceeded against as a youthful offender.

A youthful offender is a juvenile who because of the seriousness of the offense has had his/her case transferred to Circuit Court and is proceeded against as an adult. In Kentucky if a child, 14 years or older is charged with a felony offense involving the use of a firearm, the child shall have his case transferred to the Circuit Court where he/she will be treated as an adult. There are other situations where a juvenile may have their case transferred to the Circuit Court. Call juvenile defense attorney Kevin Olsen for a more detailed discussion of when your child runs the risk of having their case handled similarly to an adult.

Protect Your Child's Future By Hiring A Skilled Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Who you hire matters. I utilize my background and my experience to provide the strongest defense possible for juvenile offenses. For a free consultation to discuss how I can defend your child, call my law office in Paducah at 270-908-0088 or toll free at 888-560-3989. If you prefer, send me an e-mail and I will contact you.

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Olsen & Oliver, PLLC
806 Clark Street
Paducah, KY 42003
Phone: 270-908-0088
Toll Free: 888-560-3989
Fax: 270-575-1975
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