Has your child or teenage been charged with a crime? Criminal defense lawyers with experience in juvenile law can help your family understand your legal options, protect your child's rights and vigorously defend your child against the allegations. It's important to understand that not all juvenile crimes are punished by a slap on the wrist. Depending on the nature of the crime, your child could be charged and tried as an adult, sentenced to a juvenile detention facility and/or taken from your custody. Your family should hire a juvenile law attorney as soon as you learn that your child may be the subject of a criminal investigation or is wanted in connection with an alleged crime.