If you are arrested or even questioned for a crime it can be very scary. We are a nation of laws, and being convicted of breaking the law can carry significant penalties. And even after the judicial system is finished, there are often consequences outside of the legal system. A conviction could limit job opportunities and cause an individual to lose various rights and privileges. The legal system can be confusing and difficult to make your way through. If you are accused of a crime, you will find yourself in a very unpleasant situation.
When a crime is reported law enforcement will investigate. They will talk to possible witnesses and those they suspect of committing the criminal offense. The person accused may receive a ticket, or perhaps be arrested. The police will then send a report to the prosecutor/county attorney. The prosecutor then decides what charges to file, and the court process begins.
Criminal offenses include misdemeanors (offenses which have a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 fine) and felonies (offenses for which the potential penalty is over one year in jail). Juveniles, who are youth under the age of 19, can be charged with criminal offenses in juvenile court or in adult court, depending on the age and type of offense they are charged with. Whether they are charged in adult court or in juvenile court, if they are found to have committed the offense there is a possibility of the youth being removed from the home, depending on the specifics of the offense.
If you are questioned or arrested for a criminal offense, You need an attorney who knows your rights and can help you through the legal system.