In securing a juvenile lawyer, quality should be a
defendant’s top priority. Of course, a minor and his or her family might
already have connections to a juvenile attorney through blood relation or past
experience, but if not, any hired legal professional will be an
experienced in-court advocate for children and very knowledgeable about the
subject of juvenile law. Then again, the inability of minors and/or their
parents to afford an outside juvenile lawyer may be a limiting factor.
In that event, a court-appointed representative should be
better than none at all.
It should be noted that a juvenile attorney will not
be available in all cases. Only defendants who face being remanded to the custody of
a state-run facility will generally be able to have legal representation in