Children and teenagers make poor decisions and mistakes - it's part of the process of growing up. Unfortunately, when an error in judgment leads to criminal behavior, grounding your child or revoking their privileges won't resolve the situation. Juveniles who are accused of crimes often find themselves facing serious consequences in the juvenile or criminal justice system.
Before becoming an attorney, Dennis J. Rickert served as a Detective Youth Sergeant in charge of a police department's youth bureau. He investigated hundreds of cases involving delinquent juveniles and petitioned (charged) many of them into the juvenile court system for curfew violations, domestic violence, larcenies, truancy, sexual assaults, and numerous other crimes. That experience has given him an unusual prospective - he understands criminal law from both sides of the fence.
The insight he has gained working with young people in the juvenile justice system as a police officer and as a criminal defense attorney have taught him one important lesson: Never forget the human element in any case. Every case is different. Every person is different. And Mr. Rickert will fully investigate and review each case on an individual basis and work hard to defend both adults and juveniles who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
If your child or teenager has been charged with a juvenile crime, their future could be at risk. Juvenile cases should not be taken lightly. There could be long-time consequences for any juvenile facing criminal charges. College admissions, future job opportunities, and sanctions to their driver's licenses are just a few items of concern that an experience criminal defense attorney will work with you and your child to avoid. Get the help you need to protect that future. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 586-727-3355 contact Mr. Rickert online.Non-Judgmental Representation
Many parents blame themselves when their children get into trouble. But the truth is that even properly raised children make poor choices at times and find themselves facing legal troubles despite having parents who have worked hard to teach their children to behave in accordance with the law. A father himself, Dennis J. Rickert realizes the children don't always behave consistently with how they were raised. He will always provide the legal advocacy your child needs without judging your parenting abilities.Defending People Accused of Juvenile Crimes
Some juvenile crimes are called "status offenses" - the behavior is only illegal because of the person's age. Others are similar to adult charges, and these offenses can have penalties that are correspondingly severe. For serious offenses, the sentence could be detention in a juvenile facility up to the age of 21 or even being charged as though they are an adult in the most serious cases. Even less serious crimes, however, can have major repercussions on a child's future.
Dennis J. Rickert provides aggressive criminal defense representation in a wide variety of juvenile crimes, including:
- Minor in possession of alcohol or tobacco
- Curfew violations
- Shoplifting, retail fraud and theft
- Drug crimes: possession and distribution or marijuana, ecstasy or other illegal substances
- Assault and battery
- Sexual assault
- Probation violations
Dennis J. Rickert understands how law enforcement operates. He is a former police officer and youth bureau command officer. He is familiar with police policies and procedures. His experience and skill allow him provide your child with the aggressive defense necessary to protect his or her future.
For a free initial consultation to discuss your young person's criminal defense, call 586-727-3355 contact Mr. Rickert online.