Title 5 of the Nevada Revised Statute deals with juvenile justice and the various crimes committed by minors. Since those under 18 are considered less culpable for their actions, the punishment for juvenile acts tends to be less severe than it would be if an adult committed the same offense. That doesn’t mean juvenile offenses are nothing to worry about, as children can still be subject to significant jail time and penalties, depending on the offense.
Having the right attorney is especially important in juvenile matters, because an incident has the potential to affect a child for some time after he or she reaches adulthood. The role of a defense attorney should be to see that the punishment fits the crime, and where feasible, the accused has the opportunity to expunge a record after satisfactorily completing a sentence.
Parents of minor children who are accused of crimes should not automatically assume that courts will be lenient on them due to their age. As is the case with adult defendants, obtaining justice for juveniles requires a diligent fight in order for there to be a fair outcome. Those in and around the Las Vegas area can seek help from Cal Potter at the Potter Law Firm.