In most instances, when a child under 18 is charged with a crime, it will be processed in the Mississippi Youth Court. The emphasis in youth court is on rehabilitation and providing a means for an offender to get his or her life on track. However, the penalties can be severe and a criminal conviction can have serious long-term consequences, including long-term detention. That is why, it is important to work with a criminal defense attorney who understands the juvenile justice system and can minimize the impact of a criminal charge on a child's life.

M. Darin Vance, Attorney at Law, in Hernando, has extensive experience handling juvenile cases. Attorney Vance provides a personal approach that is important to a young person facing criminal charges, as well as the accused's family. We emphasize regular contact with our clients, keeping them informed at every stage and providing full details on the options they have and the possible outcomes of a case.

For some crimes, a youth can be prosecuted in adult court. Contact us as soon as possible after an arrest, so we can immediately work to keep legal proceedings in Youth Court.

Working To Minimize The Impact Of Juvenile Criminal Charges

We will carefully examine the facts of the case and shape an effective legal strategy around those facts. The evidence — or lack thereof — may help us fight to have charges dismissed or allow us to fight for a not guilty verdict in a trial. In other cases, it may be possible to negotiate reduced charges or an alternative resolution that involves community service or probation.

We defend youths who face a wide range of criminal charges, including:

Alternative Resolution Often Is The Best Solution

In many cases, youth who face criminal charges may be victims of various forms of abuse, including sexual assault. We work with prosecutors to use counseling and other alternatives to detention that help young offenders rehabilitate themselves. Attorney Vance has thorough knowledge of programs in northern Mississippi and throughout the state that provide youths and their families effective long-term solutions.

When you hire Mr. Vance, you are assured of working with him from start to finish. You are not passed off to another lawyer with less experience. Call or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you can expect.