Juvenile Crime Attorney, Framingham MA

I Can Help If Your Child Is Charged With A Crime


Being arrested for a crime can be a frightening experience for any juvenile. An experienced lawyer can help the juvenile get through the process. Whether it is a minor offense like shoplifting or a serious drug charge  it is essential to have a seasoned defense attorney involved.

I am Framingham, Massachusetts, juvenile crime attorney Stephen E. Dawley. For over thirty years I have represented thousands of adults and juveniles.If your child is arrested I am available to help. Please call me at my Framingham office at 508-283-3095 or send me an e-mail to make an appointment.

The Juvenile Court Process

In Massachusetts, anyone 16 or younger is considered a juvenile. In some cases though a     juvenile can be charged as an adult for some serious charges.

If the case stays in juvenile court, the child can sometimes have the case dealt with on an informal basis, which might mean probation, community service, or other conditions.  For serious crimes the juvenile might have to serve a period of time in juvenile detention.

Some Types of Juvenile Offenses

I can defend a juvenile when charged with a crime, including:

  • Underage drinking and drunk driving
  • Drug charges whether possession or distribution
  • Assault and battery
  • Larceny and Shoplifting
  • Other Driving Offenses
  • Destruction of Property
  • School Offenses

Please note the penalties for underage drunk driving are different and far more severe than adult drunk driving penalties. You need an attorney if your child is arrested for any of these offenses.