Criminal Defense Attorney Nashville & Litigation Attorney | SBL

As a criminal juvenile lawyer, SBL has represented minors in Juvenile Courts as well as Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) expulsion cases. While no results are guaranteed, in each case SBL handled a MNPS expulsion, the expulsion was overturned.

For every client, our goal is to provide a resolution that will enable them to live their lives unburdened by the situation we were retained to handle. 

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“A Great Result”

Best Criminal Defense Attorney Nashville 5 Star Review

“Cynthia was able to provide astute guidance and counsel prior to and during the process of negotiating a very favorable resolution to criminal charges against my child. I don’t believe we would have achieved the positive outcome without her expertise.”

– Parent Of Client

“A Great Result”

Best Criminal Defense Attorney Nashville 5 Star Review

“Cynthia was able to provide astute guidance and counsel prior to and during the process of negotiating a very favorable resolution to criminal charges against my child. I don’t believe we would have achieved the positive outcome without her expertise.”

– Parent Of Client

Juvenile Lawyer & The Juvenile Justice System

Juvenile criminal charges are the same as those for adults, however, that is where the similarities end. It is incredibly important that you have a defense attorney representing you and your child who is familiar with the intricacies of juvenile criminal defense. SBL’s criminal attorneys  understand how to handle juvenile cases and know that having a clean criminal record and, if necessary, the rehabilitation of the minor, not punishment of the minor, are the most important goals when defending a juvenile. The legal team at SBL is experienced at identifying what needs to be done for a juvenile case and is prepared to do the job properly from the start. If your child is convicted of any juvenile offense, there are real, long lasting consequences that can stay with your child into adulthood. SBL will help defend you by making every effort to prevent this from happening.

Juvenal Court: Age & its Consequences

Depending on the age of your son or daughter and the alleged offense, your child may be treated as a juvenile or may be treated as an adult and, thus, be taken out of the juvenile justice system and into the criminal justice system.

  • If your child is sixteen (16) years of age or more, the law may require that your child be treated as an adult if certain conditions are met.
  • Likewise, if your child is under the age of sixteen (16) but is alleged to have committed “first degree murder, second degree murder, rape, aggravated rape, rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, aggravated robbery, especially aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, commission of an act of terrorism, or an attempt to commit any such offenses,” then your child may be treated as an adult under certain circumstances.
Because the penalties are much harsher and more permanent as an adult, it is important that your child remains classified as a juvenile.

Juvenal Court VS Criminal Court

Unlike criminal court, your child is not found guilty or not guilty. In juvenile court, your child may be found delinquent or not delinquent by the court. If found delinquent, the court may sentence your child to a term of detention or supervised probation, order restitution, or require that your child participate in community service. If the charge is alcohol-related, including DUI, your child’s driving privileges may be revoked. Fortunately, juvenile delinquency determinations do not remain on permanent records upon reaching adulthood.

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