Juvenile Crime Lawyer Near Pueblo
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Juvenile Crime Lawyer Near Pueblo
Juveniles do not process information or make decisions the same way adults do, and unfortunately, often make mistakes involving bad judgment calls. Sometimes these errors in judgment cross over from a mistake to a violation of the law. Because of this, the state of Colorado has a separate juvenile justice system for children of ages 10 to 17.
Colorado's juvenile justice system was designed to focus on rehabilitation and providing services and resources to juveniles to assist them in making better decisions in the future. Unfortunately, recent trends have shown juvenile offenders often end up in adult detention facilities, bypassing the opportunity for rehabilitation and sending them straight to the penal system. If you have a child facing criminal charges in Colorado, proper legal representation is critical in ensuring they receive proper rehabilitation and education opportunities while keeping them away from the adult system.
What is a Juvenile Crime in Pueblo?
The state of Colorado defines a juvenile crime, or juvenile delinquency, as a criminal act committed by a minor between the ages of 10 and 18. In fact, some types of misconduct are only considered criminal when committed by a minor or juvenile:
Possession of alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana
Additionally, there are five classifications of Juvenile Offender Categorizations that can be assigned to juvenile offenders in the state of Colorado. These categories affect a variety of factors including sentencing, bail, and eligibility for probation or expungement of records. These adjudications can be used in a request to move a child from juvenile court to district court if they are facing class 1 or 2 felony charges:
Mandatory Sentence Juvenile Offender
Repeat Juvenile Offender
Violent Juvenile Offender
Aggravated Juvenile Offender
Habitual Juvenile Offender
Some drug-related offenses are automatically under the jurisdiction of county court instead of juvenile, regardless of the age of the accused. These cases are especially important to have proper legal representation, as the repercussions of a conviction can be severe for a minor:
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Advertising or selling drug paraphernalia
Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia
What are Potential Penalties if My Child is Convicted of a Crime in Pueblo?
While penalties can range in seriousness and severity, most juvenile courts will prioritize rehabilitation over punishment for a first offense. Repeat offenses are not often granted that same leniency, however. Penalties can be imposed both legally and socially. Oftentimes, juvenile offenders find themselves removed from extracurricular activities, excluded from involvement in social activities, and even removed from school.
Therapy or Rehabilitation
Placement in a Juvenile Detention Facility
Suspension or Expulsion From School
For more extreme cases, Colorado has a medium-security prison for violent offenders called Youthful Offender System, or YOS. Located in Pueblo, Colorado's Youthful Offender System is a detention facility for young adult and juvenile offenders who were between 14-19 years old when they committed their crime and were sentenced before their 21st birthday. Juveniles who are sent to YOS have been prosecuted and sentenced as adults and will have a permanent adult felony conviction on their record.
If your child is facing criminal charges in Colorado, it is critical that they receive proper representation in order to limit the impact or eliminate the possibility of a conviction. Our team understands the life-altering consequences of a juvenile conviction and has the experience working in juvenile court to help guide your family through the confusing and overwhelming process. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Getting to the law offices of Steven Rodemer from Pueblo
While we are happy to meet virtually, we do also take in-person appointments as needed. Our offices are conveniently located in Colorado Springs. Getting to the Law Offices of Steven Rodemer is an easy trip north on I-25 from Pueblo. Directions are available by clicking on the map below, or fill out the contact form on this page for a free case evaluation.
What Our Clients Have to Say!
Steve Rodemer Saved My Future
Steven Rodemer is no doubt the best way to go. He actually cares about who he represents and goes way out of his way to assure that clients are happy. I was worried about what was going to happen to my name and my future until I hired Steven. After talking to him on our first meeting I was completely at ease. You CANNOT go wrong hiring him, if you're in a situation that you need legal help, the smart move would be to hire Steven. I assure you that you will be thankful you did. He saved my name and my future! Steven went way out of his way to buy me a home surveillance system because of the issues I was having with an ex. What attorney do you know that is as professional as Steven and actually cares so much about his clients to do something like this?…. Exactly. Even a year down the road after everything blew over, Steven contacted me to make sure I was okay and everything was going smoothly for me. What a guy, such a great guy. Thanks Steven, thank you so much.
- Shelby, a Domestic Violence client
He Is The Man!
Steve explained the legal aspects of my case in terms I could understand. He was thorough and displayed excellent knowledge of the law. In addition, he was knowledgeable about the local ins and outs…he kept me in the know which minimized my concerns. If you want a fair shake, he is the man to get it for you.
- Dick, A Criminal Defense Client
Would Emphatically Recommend
I would emphatically recommend Steve. My case came out so much better than I ever would have guessed. On my first meeting with him, prior to having my alcohol level, he laid out various scenarios about what we would do in differing situations. Sure enough, he did exactly what he said he would, only better. He lived up to every expectation. What really solidified my opinion was one morning in Court. I arrived about 30 minutes early and watched what was happening in to every other case. It seemed like everyone got the same deal regardless of the attorney, even other attorneys I had interviewed were just parading their clients up to the front and pleading guilty. Steve got to court and the Judge promptly called my case. Steve commanded the courtroom, explaining for the prosecutor why my DUI case was being pled down to a simple speeding ticket. The Judge didn't bat an eye and accepted the plea (which I found out later is not normally allowed). After we were done as we were walking away, the Judge asked Steve about his baby, it was very clear to me that Steve is well liked and very well respected by everyone at the courthouse. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who would listen.
- Kourtney, a DUI client
I've Finally Found An Attorney We Can Use
I hired Mr. Rodemer for my son's felony cases. Unfortunately, my son has been in trouble a number of times, and I have had to use several attorneys in town, a total of 5 before Steve. I never got the impression that any of them were doing anything for us, and yet we were paying them a ton. My son is not a bad person, but he has some mental health issues that often create problems and he finds himself in trouble. Steve was compassionate and kind, without judging my son. But what impressed me most was that he actually did what he said he was going to. If we talked over the phone and he said he was going to file something, three days later, I would get a copy of what he filed in the mail. With the other attorneys it would always be the same response - 'I changed my mind and decided that was something we wanted to file.' The outcome on his case was better than it was the first time he was in trouble (which was much less serious). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Rodemer, I've finally found an attorney we can use.
- Debbie, A Criminal Defense Client
... Every Step Of The Way, He Fought
I would highly recommend Steve. I had a complicated car accident case that another firm in town initially took, then 'fired' me, because the insurance company denied liability and they realized they were going to have to do some work. Steve immediately filed a lawsuit, worked on the case, and three days before trial the insurance company offered the whole policy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him, as every step of the way he fought to get me the best recovery he could.
- Michelle, A Car Accident Client
I Just Can't Recommend Them Enough!!
Steven and James where amazing. Our son was arrested and charged with a drug offence, a felony 1. He was looking at a mandtory 8 year minnium sentence. We where very scared and didn't know what to do. He was a drug addict, but he needed help. He wasn't a criminal and it was his first offence. I can't express how panicked we where when we called Steve. He calmed us down over the phone and brought us is for a meeting. Steve and James took all the time we needed and explained all the possible outcomes. Then explained what was most likely. James was very patient with us and was always accessible. It was such a relief to have someone on our side. In the end they got our son in a drug program and probation. He has been clean and sober for 6 months and planning for a very bright future. I think this is exactly what he needed. Steve and James have both contacted us multiple times to check up on our son and see how he's been doing. I think that shows that they really care. Thinking back to that first day we learned what he was charged with I am so thankful we called Steve. I just can't recommend them enough!!
- Sean, a Criminal Defense Client
First Attorney I Dealt With To Actually Listen To Me
First attorney I dealt with to actually listen to me and give honest advice. It seemed like he cared about me and my case much more than other attorneys I've met with.
- A Personal Injury Client
Steve Put Me At Ease Right Away
Highly recommended. I was scared out of my mind, Steve put me at ease right away. The outcome of my case was better than I thought it would be. He kept me I the loop the whole time and always returned my calls. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this firm.
- Robin, A DUI Client
You Can Trust This Firm
I hired this firm on a recommendation of a friend I met in alcohol classes. He told me that these guys were great attorneys and really well known in town. I worked with Josh and Steve and they were both great. They were both DAs before they were defense attorneys and that experience really showed in how they dealt with the prosecutors and handled my case. You can trust this firm to do a nice job on your case.
- Gabby, A DUI Client