Juvenile Law

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Juvenile Law

I had the good fortune of giving a lecture to a state wide audience in 2005 advising all Pennsylvania criminal lawyers of the changes in the juvenile law system. My materials were published through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. This experience afforded me great insight into Juvenile Law and protecting children’s constitutional rights.

If your children are under the age of 18 they can still be arrested and detained. Although there are different words used to describe conviction or arrest in juvenile law they amount to the same thing. A child as young as 10 years old can be arrested and detained at the juvenile facility for each county. This can be a traumatizing event for all the parties and especially for the parents and child involved. Children have the same rights and sometimes even more rights than adults when under investigation by the police or other law enforcement agencies.

Children under the age of 18 can still be charged with significant felonies and misdemeanors including homicide, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, sale and manufacture of controlled substances and misdemeanor offenses such as simple assault, possession of a controlled substance, harassment and other such offenses.


  • Homicide and manslaughter
  • Theft and receiving stolen property
  • Aggravated assault
  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Burglary
  • Possession of a firearm
  • Robbery
  • Criminal use of a communication facility
  • Conspiracy and all felony offenses
  • Sale or manufacture controlled substance
  • Possession and distribution of child pornography


  • Simple assault
  • Indecent assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Terroristic threats
  • Trespass
  • Harassment
  • Theft
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Retail theft
  • Conspiracy and all misdemeanor offenses.

“I was charged with arson and attempted homicide along with my brother.  He was older but I had just turned 18.   My brother was sent away to jail for 5 years and I would have been too.  But my family hired Mr. O’Meara and he fought for me every step of the way.  He had me treated as a juvenile first. Then was able to place me in a bunch of programs to show that I could be successfully treated in the juvenile system.  In the end I received a sentence of juvenile probation.  Mr. O’Meara never lost faith in me.”  MM

It is important that your child be represented from start to finish in his juvenile proceeding to ensure that his or her future is not affected negatively by the criminal justice system.

Please contact the Law Offices of Steven F. O’Meara.  You may do so by phone at (610) 565‑9200 or email now.