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If you are a parent and your child has been accused of committing a crime, you are most like extremely worried about his or her future. This may especially be the case if he or she is a juvenile, as a serious crime can impact your child’s life for years to come. At your child’s age, he or she is still developing, making your child more prone to certain mistakes that, if he or she were fully grown, he or she simply would not have made. Furthermore, these years are shaping years, which is why your child should not be exposed to juvie or any other sort of harsh punishment that may negatively affect him or her for years down the road. That’s where we come in. Our firm has represented countless juveniles charged with various crimes over the years, and we know we have what it takes to do the same for you and your child. To learn more about juvenile crimes and how our firm can help fight your child’s charges, please read on and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney today. Here are some of the questions you may have about the legal process ahead:

Can a juvenile be charged as an adult in Pennsylvania?

In most cases, juveniles will not be charged as adults. This is because in Pennsylvania, when a  juvenile violates the law, it is considered a juvenile act, and not a crime. That is why your child’s court case will be handled in juvenile court, and will most likely not be sentenced to an adult crime. That being said, if your child committed a severe crime in PA, such as aggravated assault, rape, or murder, there is a chance that his or her case will be waived to adult court, wherein, the juvenile will be tried as an adult and may face the same consequences that an adult would, such as felony charges.

What will happen if my child is convicted of a juvenile crime in Pennsylvania?

If your child is convicted of a juvenile crime, you will most likely have to pay hefty fines, your child may lose his or her license, have to participate in community service, and will also most likely have to spend time either in a detention center or jail. Rather obviously, if your child is charged with a juvenile crime in Pennsylvania, there is a lot on the line, and you cannot afford to proceed without the assistance of an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney. Our firm is here to help.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.