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Centreville, DE
Centreville, DE

5721 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807

Hockessin, DE
Hockessin, DE

724 Yorklyn Rd #100
Hockessin, DE 19707

Kennett Square, PA
Kennett Square, PA

209 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

West Chester, PA
West Chester, PA

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA 19382

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Home > Practice Area > Criminal Defense > Juvenile Delinquency Defense

Juvenile Delinquency Defense

Our Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys have many years of experience handling Juvenile Delinquency matters. Recognizing that youths are deserving of the opportunity to prove that their alleged criminal behavior is aberrational and that they can be rehabilitated, there are multiple available mechanisms to avoid Adjudications of Delinquency without subjecting the juvenile to the jeopardy of a Formal Hearing (Juvenile Trials). It is important that the juvenile have a criminal defense attorney who is aware of these opportunities and can put the client in the best possible position to obtain them.

Our attorneys are equipped and prepared to defend the allegations before a Court, if necessary. We have successfully represented juveniles in numerous Suppression Hearings and Formal Hearings before Masters and Judges in Chester County, Delaware County and other courts throughout the Philadelphia area.

Representative Juvenile matters include:

  • Theft, Burglary or Trespassing
  • Aggravated and Simple assault
  • Arson
  • Drug charges: possession, delivery, conspiracy
  • Sex Crimes
  • Retail Theft
  • DUI
  • Underage drinking
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Bullying (Cyber and otherwise)
  • Gang activity

While there are many differences between how Pennsylvania Criminal cases are handled procedurally for adults and for juveniles, the importance of the role of the attorney as advocate for the juvenile remains vital at all stages of the proceedings, from the initial interview with the Juvenile Probation Officer through any and all Hearings. Our Pennsylvania Criminal and Juvenile Defense Attorneys are particularly adept at managing the dynamic of the juvenile as client while working with their parents in an effort to encourage suitable behavior and to ultimately obtain a favorable result.

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact any one of our criminal defense attorneys:

Peter E. Kratsa – 610.840.0209
Caroline G. Donato – 610.840.0294