Juvenile Crimes

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Juvenile Crimes

Our defense is frequently sought out when the State of Tennessee attempts to try children as adults for crimes, I have represented many juveniles facing delinquency charges in juvenile courts all over Middle Tennessee. Most people don’t know that juveniles are subject to the same types of jails, incarceration, isolation and strip searches as adults. It was only in 2005 that the Supreme Court put an end to the death penalty for children in the United States.

The government often tries to transfer children from juvenile court to adult court where they can face decades or even life in prison. In defending these “transfer cases”, it is crucial to completely investigate the history, mental status, physical health, and home life of the child in order to defend against the efforts to transfer the child to adult court.

Tennessee law attempts to mandate that certain crimes alleged against children be tried in adult court. This is a concept that fails to take into consideration any facts about the accused child. Any attempt to transfer our juvenile clients to the adult system is faced with a strong defense and investigation by our firm.  

Our society’s attempts to judge crime with same severity whether committed by a child or adult can result in the cruelest of consequences. In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States had to step in to prevent Florida’s court system for sentencing a child to life without parole for a non-homicide attempt involving a burglary that did not result in a death {Graham v. Florida}. Children, like yours or mine, are not granted the rights of an adult in our society because they don’t have the maturity or experience to make their own decisions. Under this reasoning, a child should not be given a life sentence for a decision they made as a child. But, over the last 7 years, the Supreme Court has had to stop states from this oppression and excessive cruelty to children. People who do not hesitate to organize protests and boycotts against companies for exploiting child labor stand aside and seem willing to accept and allow life or decades long sentences for chlldren.

Types of cases I have handled for juveniles accused of crimes include:

  • Underage drinking and/or DUI charges
  • Theft and burglary including shoplifting
  • Vandalism
  • Charges related to illegal drugs and prescription drugs
  • Alcohol possession
  • Assault or other violent acts or making terroristic threats
  • Traffic offenses
  • Juvenile sexual offenses
  • Trespassing
  • Truancy or delinquency
  • Bullying or harassment

If your family is under the gun of the prosecution of a child, give me a call. I have defended children accused of crimes for 25 years with the same zeal with which I defend adults.

In the Defense of the Citizens (even children) Accused,

Frank Lannom

2018-01-29T17:34:14+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments