Comprehensive Representation for Your Family
When juveniles have been accused of sex offenses, it is a totally different kind of case. As well, society's expectations for punishment of people accused of committing sex crimes are exceedingly harsh, making it tougher and tougher to keep juvenile cases in juvenile court — where they belong.
The experienced Olathe, Kansas, juvenile sex offenses attorneys at Garretson, Webb & Toth, L.L.C., concentrate on defending people charged with sex crimes, thus we can provide comprehensive representation for families with children accused of sex offenses. We have a thorough understanding of the juvenile code and how to navigate through different obstacles and problems of defending someone in this situation.
Juvenile Court vs. Adult Court: A Big Difference
In juvenile court, the goal is rehabilitation; however, fairly recently, the courts are starting to shift away from rehabilitation to punishment. When cases stay in juvenile court, there is a better outcome for the juvenile and his or her family. But there has been a movement away from keeping these cases in juvenile court, so there is a real possibility that a juvenile facing a sex crime can be tried as an adult.
Parents whose children are faced with crimes are always concerned about:
- Whether their child will be taken from home and placed into custody
- The emotional and mental health of their child accused of crime and of the alleged victim
- If their child will be placed in a youth correctional facility for any length of time
Scott Toth has the experience handling these types of juvenile cases and knows parents are scared and worried. At Garretson, Webb & Toth, we take the time to explain how the juvenile system is different and what we can do to help. We also treat each case like a family problem and use open communication and family problem solving techniques to build a stronger defense of your case.
Worse-Case Scenario — Case Moved to Adult Court
If all of our efforts to keep your child's case in juvenile court fail, we will work hard to defend your son or daughter in adult court and fight for your rights. In adult court, there will be sentencing guidelines that the court will follow and if your child is convicted, he or she may end up serving his or her time in prison vs. a youth correctional facility.
As a parent, having your child accused of being a juvenile sex offender is one of the most horrifying experiences you can face. Your child's future is at stake. And you feel as though everyone is judging you because it seems as if the whole family is facing criminal consequences.
Scott Toth is a tactful and talented attorney who has 23 years of experience prosecuting and defending people accused of sex crimes. He has been on the other side of the table and knows how to battle against the strategies used by the state. Contact him and the other attorneys at Garretson, Webb & Toth by filling out the form on this website, or by calling 913-948-6680.