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Juvenile Crimes in Tennessee

Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Whole Family

The legal system is complicated at the best of times. For a juvenile defendant and their parents, the legal process can feel absolutely overwhelming. At Best Hayduk Brock, we understand the unique challenges of Juvenile Court in Tennessee, and we want to help young people and their families get the fair representation they need and deserve.

Schedule a free consultation about your case with the criminal lawyers in Chattanooga at Best Hayduk Brock. Dial (423) 829-1043 or contact us online.

For the minor accused of a crime, the experience is often particularly frightening. While a juvenile defendant can be apprehended by a police officer for allegedly violating a statute, most juvenile cases involve a third party, like a school, referring a complaint to the courts. If the alleged crime is serious enough, the defendant may be held in juvenile detention, or in some kind of alternate placement.

Jurisdiction in a Juvenile Crime

17 of Tennessee’s 21 judicial districts have juvenile courts. These courts hold exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving defendants who are minors and accused of being unruly or delinquent. In districts that don’t have a juvenile court system, the general session court holds jurisdiction.

However, in a case involving an older youth defendant or a juvenile defendant with an existing criminal record, the juvenile court may choose to waive their jurisdiction in favor of the general court. This is particularly likely for serious crimes. In less serious situations, the intake officer may decide at their discretion to allow for alternative arrangements.

These alternative arrangements may include assistance from:

  • Mental health services
  • School guidance counselors
  • Youth services agencies

Whether your child is being tried in juvenile or adult court—or the intake officer is considering alternative arrangements—it is important to have knowledgeable and aggressive legal counsel. Our lawyers believe in the necessity of every defendant’s legal rights being fully upheld.

The Importance of a Strong Advocate

Juvenile crimes need to be taken seriously, and that begins with a strong defense to ensure the young person in question gets the justice they deserve. Juvenile convictions can have a severe impact on a young person’s immediate and more distant future and are something no one should have to face alone. At Best Hayduk Brock, our lawyers are committed to treating our clients with honesty and respect, and we fight hard for them in court.

Call Best Hayduk Brock today to discuss your case. (423) 829-1043.

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To address your individual concerns as well as your legal issues. To answer all of your questions thoroughly and honestly as they come up. To aggressively defend your rights and interests to the best of our ability within the rules of ethics and the law.”

- Best Hayduk Brock
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