One of the scariest and most confusing events a family can face is when a child is accused of a crime.  Suddenly a police officer wants to interrogate your son or daughter and search their bedroom. Your immediate instinct may be to cooperate with the authorities because it is important for our children to learn accountability. However, before you make any decision that affects your child’s future, it is critical that you get advice from attorneys who understand the juvenile justice system and can help navigate your child through it.

Even though your child is under 18, he or she could face adult penalties depending on the crime they are charged with. If your child is accused of certain serious felony crimes, the district attorney can “direct file” his or her case into adult district court. If your child is convicted, they will have a permanent felony conviction on their record and can be sentenced to an adult prison. Despite attempts to reform this practice in Colorado based upon recent psychological studies, the decision to direct file a child into district court is completely controlled by the district attorney and is not subject to judicial review.

If your child’s case remains in juvenile court, there are consequences to a finding of guilty that you need to be aware of. A child can be held at a detention facility if the court believes they are a danger to themselves or others. This can happen even before the charges are resolved. A child can be sentenced up to 45 days at the detention facility as a term of probation. If your child is placed on probation and violates the terms, they can be committed to up to 2 years in the Division of Youth Corrections. If they are over 18 at the time of the probation violation, they can be sentenced to up to 6 months in the adult county jail.

A person under 18 still has rights regardless of the charges against them. They have the right to plea not guilty and request a trial. Constitutional protections against unreasonable searches still apply. Fort Collins juvenile attorneys, Jeff Schwartz and Kirk Waible, have both represented hundreds of children in juvenile court as well as children direct filed in adult court.  Mr. Schwartz has defended several children at trial accused of serious crimes. Mr. Waible represents children as a court appointed guardian ad litem in delinquency as well as dependency and neglect cases.  While most cases can be resolved through negotiations with a reasonable prosecutor, there are situations that require challenging the district attorney’s accusations against your child. Our Fort Collins juvenile attorneys have the litigation skills and experience to make sure your child’s rights are protected.

Before you consent to law enforcement and the courts getting involved in your child’s life, contact Fort Collins juvenile attorneys, Schwartz and Waible, to help you understand the complex choices and pitfalls that are built into the juvenile justice system.

Contact Fort Collins juvenile attorneys Schwartz & Waible at info@jskwlaw.com

Fort Collins juvenile attorneys, Schwartz & Waible, also serve the following locations throughout Colorado: Greeley, Loveland, Windsor, and Wellington.

What Our Clients Are Saying

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Our family was in need of a lawyer twice in the past 5 years. Both times we called upon Schwartz and Waible Law Firm. They worked very hard and kept us informed every step of the way. Helped understand the ins and the outs of the law. We were very pleased with the out come of both cases. Hopefully won’t need further need, but if we are won’t hesitate to call upon this law firm. So if you are looking for a Law Firm that works as a team, are caring about their clients, and will do the best job possible you may want to call upon Schwartz and Waible. Thank you so much for your help. Sharon and Jim, January, 2011 We welcome this opportunity to extol Kirk Waible, one of the finest lawyers we’ve ever known. Our background is in education—we are retired after long careers of teaching classes from kindergarten through graduate school. During the past year (2010), Kirk represented someone very close to us. In a difficult, often convoluted, case, Kirk cut right through the mazes of the legal system to present his client’s defense so effectively that the outcome was far more successful than we had ever hoped. We found Kirk to be personable, smart, thorough, accessible, and well-versed in the law. Years ago, I (Jim) worked at length for a state legislature and dealt with many, many lawyers on a daily basis. Some of them were brilliant in their profession. But I feel Kirk stands head and shoulders above even the best of them. We would engage him in an instant to represent us in any legal matter.

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We welcome this opportunity to extol Kirk Waible, one of the finest lawyers we’ve ever known. Our background is in education—we are retired after long careers of teaching classes from kindergarten through graduate school. During the past year (2010), Kirk represented someone very close to us. In a difficult, often convoluted, case, Kirk cut right through the mazes of the legal system to present his client’s defense so effectively that the outcome was far more successful than we had ever hoped. We found Kirk to be personable, smart, thorough, accessible, and well-versed in the law. Years ago, I (Jim) worked at length for a state legislature and dealt with many, many lawyers on a daily basis. Some of them were brilliant in their profession. But I feel Kirk stands head and shoulders above even the best of them. We would engage him in an instant to represent us in any legal matter.

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I retained Jeff Schwartz of Schwartz & Waible after I was charged with a felony. Jeff was caring, professional, detail-oriented, and thorough in how he handled my case. He has a strong knowledge of criminal law and knows the Larimer County court system and its players well. He was able to negotiate the best possible plea deal for me, and I am grateful for his representation. I highly recommend Schwartz & Waible’s services.

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