Hire an attorney! The first line of criminal defense is having a qualified attorney on your side from the start.
Dakota VanLeeuwen has the unique background of being both a prosecutor in Marion County and public defender in Morgan County. From discovery and plea negotiations to full jury trials, we want to help you understand your constitutional rights and be your advocate
Whether you believe you are wrongly accused, a victim of mistaken identity, or if you are seeking rehabilitation after making a bad decision, we can advise you as you navigate the criminal justice system. In addition to representing adult clients, VanLeeuwen Law also represents juveniles through the adjudication process. If you need a criminal defense attorney to represent you in Southern or South Central Indiana, contact us today to set up a consultation.
Juvenile crime includes any crime that is committed by a child (juvenile) who is under the age of 18.
The juvenile court system is civil rather than criminal. Juveniles are usually accused of committing a delinquent act, rather than being formally charged. The juvenile court can decide what the best punishment is for the child, which can range from a lecture, to confinement in a juvenile detention facility.
Children ages seven and younger are generally deemed incapable of committing a crime, since they are too young to fully understand the difference between right and wrong. However, young children may be held liable for coming the crime of homicide. Children committing a certain offense over the age of 14 or repeat felony offenders can be tried in the adult criminal justice system.
If your child is facing a juvenile offense, please act in his/her best interest and consult with an attorney immediately. These matters can have long term impacts on the child's life.