Building a Strong Defense for Juveniles Accused of Serious Crimes in Minnesota

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Andrew, Bransky, & Poole, P.A.

Facing criminal charges is a daunting experience for anyone, but it is particularly challenging when the accused is a juvenile. In Minnesota, when minors are charged with serious crimes, it is crucial to understand the unique legal considerations that apply to their cases. Building a strong defense for juveniles requires specialized knowledge and expertise in the intricacies of juvenile law. Taking immediate action and seeking legal counsel is crucial if you or your child is facing serious criminal charges.

The Juvenile Justice System in Minnesota

Minnesota’s juvenile justice system differs significantly from the adult criminal justice system. Here are key aspects to consider:

  • Focus on Rehabilitation: The primary goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation rather than punishment. The system aims to address the underlying causes of delinquency and provide juveniles with the tools and support they need to reintegrate into society successfully.
  • Juvenile Delinquency Hearings: Juvenile cases are typically handled in delinquency hearings rather than criminal trials. These hearings focus on determining the best course of action for the juvenile’s rehabilitation, including diversion programs, probation, or treatment.
  • Confidentiality and Expungement: The juvenile justice system emphasizes protecting the privacy of juvenile offenders. In many cases, juvenile records are not publicly accessible, and there may be opportunities for expungement in the future to minimize the long-term impact on the individual’s record.

Building a Strong Defense for Juveniles

  • Knowledge of Juvenile Law: Defending juveniles accused of serious crimes requires a deep understanding of juvenile law, including the nuances of the juvenile justice system, legal protections for minors, and potential sentencing alternatives. An attorney experienced in juvenile defense can navigate these complexities to build an effective defense strategy.
  • Investigation and Evidence Gathering: A crucial step in building a strong defense is conducting a thorough investigation and gathering evidence. This may involve interviewing witnesses, reviewing police reports, analyzing forensic evidence, and consulting with experts when necessary. An attorney will have the resources and expertise to ensure no stone is left unturned.
  • Legal Strategies and Negotiations: In some cases, pursuing a favorable outcome may involve negotiating with prosecutors to reduce charges or explore alternative dispositions. An attorney skilled in juvenile defense will be adept at developing strategic legal approaches to protect the rights and best interests of the juvenile client.
  • Rehabilitation and Treatment Options: As the juvenile justice system prioritizes rehabilitation, an attorney can advocate for access to appropriate treatment programs, counseling, or community-based services that address the underlying issues contributing to the alleged offense. This approach focuses on the juvenile’s growth and development, setting them on a positive path for the future.

If you or your child is facing serious criminal charges in Minnesota, seeking legal representation from an attorney experienced in juvenile defense is essential. Our dedicated team of attorneys specializes in juvenile defense and understands the unique challenges of defending minors accused of serious crimes.

We are committed to protecting our juvenile clients’ rights and best interests, working tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to their specific circumstances. With our deep knowledge of the juvenile justice system, we can guide you through the legal process, provide compassionate support, and advocate for the most favorable outcome possible.

Our attorneys will work diligently to investigate the facts, challenge the evidence, and advocate for the best possible outcome in your child’s case.

About the Author:

Andrew T. Poole is a Minnesota native who has served in the Army for more than 18 years and is currently a JAG lawyer in the Army Reserves in addition to serving as a partner at LaCourse, Poole & Envall. He has handled thousands of criminal and family law cases over the course of his career and has a firm belief that all hardworking Minnesotans should be entitled to the best possible legal counsel. Mr. Poole boasts a 10/10 Superb rating on Avvo, is Lead Counsel rated, and has been recognized multiple times by SuperLawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and others for his work.


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Timothy Andrew and Jane C. Poole handle union labor law and employee benefit matters. Tim has been practicing law in Minnesota since 1992 and focuses on Northeastern Minnesota. Super Lawyers Magazine has recognized Tim. Jane has been practicing since 2010 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota. Jane has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for many consecutive years.

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Since 2010, Andrew T. Poole has been a practicing attorney in Duluth, Minnesota. Over that time, he has handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from DWI charges to theft, sex crimes, drug crimes, murder, and more. He understands the importance of building a defense strategy as soon as possible, fighting to ensure your rights are protected, and ensuring no corners are cut by law enforcement. He has represented defendants in jury trials in both Minnesota and Wisconsin courts, including every courthouse along Minnesota’s North Shore. Andrew has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for many consecutive years.