Almost everyone I know would be shocked to find out that
a college in Pennsylvania can find out about a juvenile crime. But after a recent ruling from the Pennsylvania Superior Court, it is true.
If a child is found "delinquent", which is the term used in place
of "guilty" in the juvenile court system, usually the records
will not be accessible in the future. However, this has all changed. Last
month, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled that a college could view the
records of a teen who had been found delinquent of a crime while in high
school. This ruling, which is being questioned by legal professionals
and challenged in court, threatens the teen's entry into Temple University
in Philadelphia. Temple University does factor criminal convictions into
its admission decision according to its spokesman.
If your child has been accused of a
crime in the Philadelphia area, it is essential to protect his or her rights
and future by obtaining sound legal counsel immediately. A juvenile defense lawyer can:
- Work to prevent a record from developing
- Work to ensure that any record that occurs is sealed
- obtain an expungement to ensure that the record is destroyed
- obtain a discharge of charges that can have an adverse effect on financial
aid, drivers’ license, and a child’s future
Our Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys have handled more than a thousand
cases in juvenile court. With more than 20 year of experience, we have
extensive knowledge of how to defend these specific types cases so that
your child’s future and freedom is protected.
If you or someone you care about has already been judged “delinquent”
as a result of a juvenile offense, it is not too late. Our attorneys have
also handled hundreds of expungements.
Michael Parkinson ,
Timothy Tarpey and
Jim Lloyd are criminal defense attorneys
and former Assistant District Attorneys who all worked in the Prosecutor’s
Juvenile Unit. If you or someone you know has questions regarding juvenile
crimes or issues in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, or Delaware Counties,
contact us for a
free consultation with an experienced attorney at (215) 352-3432.