Oklahoma is well-known as having some of the toughest criminal penalties in the nation, and, in some cases, this harshness can apply to juvenile offenders as well. Prosecutors and judges have leeway in some cases to charge juveniles who have allegedly committed theft and shoplifting crimes through either traditional juvenile delinquency means or as a “youthful offender” which can bring harsh sentences that last into adulthood. Thus, those minors facing arrest and/or charges for juvenile theft crimes should pursue all available legal strategies to minimize criminal consequences. Oklahoma City juvenile criminal defense attorney Patrick Quillian – a former Oklahoma district attorney himself – is on the side of minors and their families in facing juvenile theft and shoplifting crimes, and will take all necessary to steps to defend their freedom and their future.
Why Working With a Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney is Important
As every parent knows, children and teenagers often make mistakes in their process of maturing, but a criminal conviction as either a juvenile delinquent or a youthful offender for a one-time mistake can mean years in a delinquency institution and all the negative psychological and social effects that can come with that, significant damage to educational and career prospects, and general familial and social problems which can persist for years.
That said, the difference between prosecutors charging a youth as a juvenile delinquent and a youthful offender are great, as a youth charged as a juvenile delinquent can typically have his or her record sealed while spending limited time in detention facility. On the other hand, those charged as youthful offender can be transferred to an adult prison facility either before or after their 18th birthday, meaning having an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney on your side to argue not only for your innocence but how are you charged can have an enormous impact on your future.<
When you work with juvenile criminal defense attorney Patrick Quillian – who has experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal cases in Oklahoma – and our team, we will employ our vast experience in both working towards a not guilty finding or dropped charges as well as in minimizing the consequences to the minor charged by negotiating the best possible outcome with regard to the types of charges brought and the penalties administered.
Legal Representation in Your Oklahoma Juvenile Theft / Shoplifting Prosecution
We know full well how stressful juvenile theft and shoplifting crime charges are on a family, and we are fully dedicated to easing your stress while working towards your best possible future. As a former Oklahoma district attorney, Patrick Quillian works on behalf of families by relying on his years of experience in prosecuting cases to provide the best possible defense for all defendants being investigated or charged with juvenile theft or trespassing. Contact the office of J. Patrick Quillian, Attorney at Law, today at 405.294.4448 to schedule a free consultation to see what his criminal defense team can do for you.