Juvenile Crimes

Support for the Whole Family from a Brainerd, MN Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Attorney

Compassionate help for minors facing criminal charges

Getting through adolescence without getting in trouble has always been a challenge. But these days, the pervasiveness of the Internet, bullying and the availability of drugs add to problems parents may face when their kids start becoming more independent. And when legal trouble hits, it affects the entire family. When you entrust your case to me - Brainerd criminal defense lawyer Dennis M. Lothspeich - you get the experience only 25 years of helping families through the intimidating legal process can bring. I examine your child's situation carefully, craft a strong defense and see you through with a reassuring commitment to your family's best interests.

Defining juvenile delinquency in Minnesota

There's a lot to understand when your child is charged with a crime. Minnesota law states that a juvenile delinquency case is one in which a person under the age of 18 is alleged to have broken a law, which can range from a curfew violation to a charge of murder. The criminal process is separate for juveniles and includes special court procedures created to deal specifically with them.

A knowledgeable Minnesota juvenile defense attorney can make a world of difference in your experience and outcome when your own child is in trouble with the law. I work closely with families facing charges including:

  • Drunk driving
  • Shoplifting or theft
  • Bullying
  • Drug possession
  • Vandalism
  • Assault
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Truancy
  • Speeding or other reckless driving (including texting while driving)

Protecting your child's future is vital, whether he or she faces misdemeanor or felony charges. I have a well-earned reputation as a tenacious litigator. I won't hesitate to fight against a prosecutor to keep children's charges to a minimum and avoid harsh penalties that could disrupt their education and threaten their future personal and professional lives.

Fighting the consequences of underage drinking with the help of an experienced Brainerd DUI attorney

With all the media attention on marijuana and other illicit substances, it's easy to forget that alcohol is the most commonly used drug among young people. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's What's the Big Deal publication reports that:

  • One in five male high school seniors is a frequent drinker (drinking more than 20 times in a 12-month period)
  • One in seven female high school seniors is a frequent drinker
  • Hard liquor, rather than beer or other alcoholic beverages, is the drink of choice for underage drinkers
  • Competitive drinking games like beer pong that encourage binge drinking are increasingly popular among today's youth

Underage drinking seems so commonplace that many parents make the mistake of turning a blind eye to it. Some even give alcohol to kids in their homes, thinking they are helping by keeping the party under their own roofs. Minnesota is one of the states that now includes a social host liability law that can open you up to a lawsuit if you serve alcohol to your child and his or her friends.

Charges involving underage drinking are serious, for you and your kids. You can count on me to bring my experience as a Crow Wing County juvenile crime and DUI attorney to your defense. I give you an honest assessment of your family's situation and fight hard to protect your rights.

Get the help you need from compassionate and experienced MN criminal defense attorney Dennis M. Lothspeich

If your child has been accused of a crime, I can help. Call me, attorney Dennis M. Lothspeich, at 218.825.0861 for a free initial consultation, or contact the law office of Dennis M. Lothspeich, P.A. online. I accept collect calls from jails and correctional facilities in Crow Wing and nearby counties and can arrange an immediate visit with you onsite if your child is in custody and you need assistance. I charge a reasonable flat fee, which is set up front. In some cases, my fee can be comfortably spread out into monthly payments during the duration of your case. My office is conveniently located across from the Crow Wing County Court House. I am happy to schedule an evening or weekend appointment if needed.