Experienced Juvenile Law Attorneys

At Smith, Dickey & Dempster P.A., our attorneys understand the juvenile justice system. We have more than 50 years of experience defending clients against criminal charges. As former district attorneys and a former district court judge, we know how to defend juveniles. Attorney Andrew Dempster is a former judge and was one of the first certified juvenile court judges in North Carolina.

Our experience and knowledge of juvenile law help us better defend your child. We know what steps to take to get the best possible outcome, and we have experience navigating the complex and changing laws in our state.

What To Know About Juvenile Law

Starting December 1, 2018, 16- and 17-year-olds will be treated as juvenile defendants instead of adults in the criminal justice system in North Carolina. Under current law, teens of ages 16 and 17 were treated as adults when facing criminal charges. This can result in serious consequences for teenagers convicted of criminal offenses, making it difficult to go to college, and find housing and employment in the future.

The new law will treat teenagers of ages 16 and 17 as juveniles. This means teenagers convicted of crimes will face different penalties and consequences under the juvenile justice system.

Personal Attention From Experienced Attorneys

We represent juveniles in Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Lumberton and throughout Cumberland County. Our lawyers will aggressively defend you or your child's rights. We are not afraid to take your case to trial if it's in your best interests. In other situations, we are able to effectively negotiate a plea arrangement.

We are here to guide you through your case and answer your questions so you always know where your case stands. We believe in providing personal attention and tailored solutions to every client because we know it truly makes a difference in the outcome of your case.

Don't Let One Mistake Ruin Your Life. Contact Our Attorneys.

Do not let a mistake ruin your child's future. Our law firm will fight to protect your family and your child's freedom. It is important to learn about your legal options and get legal representation as soon as possible. Speak with us right away if you or your child has been arrested. We will take immediate action to protect your or your child's rights.

Arrange a free consultation by calling 910-849-2364 or sending us an email. We are available 24/7 and offer Saturday appointments.