Being a Birmingham divorce and family law attorney, I've seen the trouble that juveniles can get into. Sometimes it's a serious crime, many times its just kids being kids. That doesn't mean they should always be excused, but testing the limits of behavior is a natural part of growing up. As an Alabama lawyer who knows how youngsters think and act gives me the ability to defend them as juveniles whenever possible.
Most minors who become entangled with Alabama law enforcement are technically charged with committing a delinquent act — but not a crime. Still a child convicted of juvenile delinquency can have a hard go of it in the future. If your juvenile son or daughter is charged with a crime, I strongly recommend that you seek the services of an attorney well versed in this area of the law.
A recent news report describes some teenagers who may have gone beyond mischief. As a family law and juvenile defense attorney, I'm familiar with defending individuals accused of delinquency and other criminal charges. Just some of the acts juveniles are arrested for include drug-related crimes, such asdrug possession, sales and manufacturing; firearms charges, shoplifting and other theft crimes, vandalism and other property crimes; and occasionally serious or violent crimes.
According news reports, Madison County Sheriff's investigators and the Huntsville Police Department arrested three teenagers on the evening of August 25. They were accused of stealing a dozen cars, joyriding around Huntsville and then attempting to sell the stolen vehicles.
Investigator Brent Patterson said several teens apparently broke into the We Finance Auto Sales company on U.S. 231 N. in Hazel Green and stole keys to the dealership's vehicles. Police reports indicated that the youths shopped around the lot, drove a dozen of them away and abandoned them at several locations in Huntsville, mostly in the Council Court and Butler Terrace areas, Investigator Patterson said.
The Huntsville Police Department's north precinct helped the sheriff's department find some of the missing vehicles. The two agencies worked together to pull over two of the stolen cars, one on Joppa Circle and one on Knollbrook Drive. Officers chased a suspect briefly on Knollbrook before arresting him, Patterson said.
Investigators charged 18-year-old Tymane Demone Ford with receiving stolen property and third-degree burglary. He is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $4,000 bond. The second teen, Pierre Marquez Sims, 19, was charged with four counts of first-degree theft of property. He's being held on an $8,000 bond.
According to reports, investigators also arrested an unnamed juvenile who was sent to the Neaves-Davis Center for Children. At the time of the news article police had warrants out for several others they believe were involved.
3 teens arrested in car thefts, AL.com, August 27, 2009