Successful Experience In Youth Court
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.
My name is M. Darin Vance, and I am an attorney working for the people of Mississippi from my office in Hernando. I have extensive experience handling juvenile cases. I provide a personal approach that is important to a young person facing criminal charges, as well as the accused’s family. I 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 me as soon as possible after an arrest, so I can immediately work to keep legal proceedings in youth court.
Working To Minimize The Impact Of Juvenile Criminal Charges
I will carefully examine the facts of the case and shape an effective legal strategy around those facts. The evidence — or lack thereof — may help the 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.
I defend youths who face a wide range of criminal charges, including:
- Shoplifting, burglary or other theft
- Vandalism or other property crimes
- Simple or aggravated assault
- Drug offenses, including possession, sales or possession of drug paraphernalia
- Sexual assault
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. I work with prosecutors to use counseling and other alternatives to detention that help young offenders rehabilitate themselves. I have thorough knowledge of programs in northern Mississippi and throughout the state that provide youths and their families effective long-term solutions.
When you hire me, you will work with me from start to finish. You are not passed off to another lawyer with less experience because I am the sole attorney at my firm. Call 662-469-5829 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting. I will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you can expect.