Knoxville Juvenile Delinquency  Lawyers

Experienced Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal Defense Lawyers in Knoxville Working with Families

Has your child has been arrested and charged with being a Juvenile Delinquent? Now what?

At Barnes Law Firm, we understand that this is one of the most, if not the most, difficult time that you and your child has faced during both of your lifetimes. This may be the first time that you cannot physically do everything possible to help and protect your child. That is why the first step in helping your child is hiring him or her an attorney.

The lawyers at Barnes Law represent children charged with misdemeanor and/or felony juvenile delinquency offenses. Our lawyers have experience in defending juvenile’s accused of committing the following categories of crimes:

Regardless of what your child is charged with, our attorneys understand the juvenile court system, the juvenile court process and the law so that we are able to provide the best possible defense for your child.

Barnes Law is a Knoxville, Tennessee law firm that serves the the juvenile delinquency and defense needs of families throughout East Tennessee. We provide high quality representation that takes into account all your family’s and child’s needs. If you’d like to learn more about how we can serve you, call us at 865-805-5703 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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Representing Juvenile’s with Their Future At Stake

Juvenile charges may impact your child’s ability to get into college, seek employment or obtain a professional license in the future. As such, it is imperative that you hire your child a lawyer that actually cares about your child and his or her future. The attorneys at Barnes Law pride themselves on their ability to represent juveniles in a way that results in our attorneys learning more details about the charges against your child to effectively advocate on their behalf by maintaining a professional and respectful relationship with both you and your child. We care about your child’s future and we want to help them continue to succeed.

Whether your child has been falsely accused or your child made a mistake and needs some help to get back on the right path, we would love to help your child’s tomorrow be better than their today.

Timeline of a Juvenile Delinquency Case

The way your child’s case starts depends on the severity of the charges against your child.

In a small number of cases, your child may still be in custody, which means that he or she will be having a detention hearing in Knox County Juvenile Court in a very short period of time (or one of the 97 other juvenile courts in Tennessee). This makes it even more critical that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. Even if your child is out of custody, the sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner your child’s attorney can start working on his or her case.

In most cases, your child will be out of custody while the case is pending. As such, your child has likely already had his or her arraignment where the judge went over the charge(s) against your child. You also were likely provided a “summons” for your child’s next court date.

Your child’s first court date after the arraignment will give your child’s lawyer the opportunity to meet and confer with the assistant district attorney (prosecutor) and the probation officer assigned to your child’s case. Your lawyer most likely received evidence from the State at this point, which will allow them to discuss the strengths in your child’s case, as well as the weaknesses in the State’s case. Your lawyer should discuss the strengths of your child’s case and vigorously request a dismissal of the charge(s) against your child, or if not possible under the circumstances of your child’s case, attempt to get the best possible resolution.

You should not attempt to negotiate with the prosecutor on your own. Instead, you should hire lawyers that are skilled advocates to negotiate on your child’s behalf. The attorneys at Barnes Law have an extraordinary amount of experience handling juvenile and criminal cases.


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Adjudicatory Hearing

If the attorneys at Barnes Law, as well as your child, is unsatisfied with the offer to resolve your child’s case from the State then your child’s case will move forward to an adjudicatory hearing.

An adjudicatory hearing is the equivalent to a trial in adult criminal court. The main difference between juvenile court and criminal court is that juveniles are not entitled to a jury trial. Instead, the judge will decide if your child committed the offense that your child was charged with committing. Similar to a criminal trial, the State still has the burden of proving that your child committed the act that he or she is alleged to have committed beyond a reasonable doubt.

The court must hold an adjudicatory hearing in no event past 90 days of the date of the filing of a petition unless the State, or in some instances where your attorneys are not provided with discovery in a timely manner, is able to show the judge good cause for the need for more than 90 days.

Dispositional Hearing

Your child will not have a dispositional hearing unless your child is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at an adjudicatory hearing.

If your child is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, then your child will also have a dispositional hearing. The hearing may occur on the same day as the adjudicatory hearing or within 90 days of the adjudicatory hearing. However, if your child is in custody at the time of the adjudicatory hearing and remains in custody after the adjudicatory hearing then the dispositional hearing must be held within 15 days of the adjudicatory hearing.

Contact Barnes Law Today to Schedule a Consultation with a Juvenile Delinquency A Lawyer in Knoxville

You and your child’s peace of mind, experience, and case result drive everything that we do. We want to insure that the false accusations against your child or one mistake by your child does not impact the rest of his or her life. We hope to sit down with you and your child to discuss how we can help provide the best possible result under your child’s circumstances at an affordable cost.

Call us at (865) 805-5703 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation as soon as practicable so that we can start working towards helping you and your child move forward!

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Client Testimonials

"John is amazing not only did he get the outcome he promised he did it in a shorter time than he originally said. He went above and beyond in returning my emails and phone calls. John and staff truly cared about me as a person. I highly recommend John Barnes."

Coach M.

"I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes to everyone & I would definitely contact Mr. Barnes if I or anyone in my family should ever need an attorney again:) They were all very professional, friendly & treated our case with importance:) Mr.Barnes got my son’s DUI dropped to reckless driving so I would definitely recommend him to everyone!!!!!!!"

Alicia U.

"Mr. Barnes and his staff are amazing. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job with my case. At no point in the long process was I disappointed in any way with how things were handled."

Scott C.