Does my child need to have an attorney?
A juvenile does not necessarily need to have an attorney in court. They could resolve their case without an attorney. Usually the stakes are lower in juvenile court, however a juvenile delinquency adjudication can follow a juvenile for a number of years, can be used against a juvenile that becomes an adult, in some instances, to enhance sentencing. So while the punishment itself may be lower in juvenile court, there are still consequences that an attorney would be able to advise a juvenile on their juvenile delinquency case.