In North Carolina, the juvenile courts have jurisdiction to prosecute criminal offenders up to the age of 16 years old. (New legislation is in place to increase the age to individuals under 18 years old.) The juvenile system accounts for many of the same crimes, but involves different standards and results if the juvenile is found responsible. In some instances, juveniles can be subject to a form of incarceration in a juvenile detention center, or placed in a Youth Detention Camp. Other options may include evaluations and counseling, to help pinpoint or correct any potential issues in the juvenile’s life. Your child’s future is important to us, and we will fight to ensure that your child’s rights are protected in court. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense as a juvenile, it is important to seek counsel before the intake proceeding, to ensure that their rights are protected.
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency (DSS)
If the Department of Social Services is involved in your life, it is important that you understand your legal rights, and have representation moving forward. These proceedings can affect your life, but more importantly, can seriously affect your child’s. These proceedings begin within seven days of the child being removed from the home, and can last for over a year. Our goal is to ensure that your legal rights are protected, and that you have someone fighting for you and your family every step of the way.
- Name Change of a Minor
- Will drafting/revisions
- Power of Attorney (Durable/Health Care)