Pittsburgh Juvenile Defense Lawyer
Helping Minors Who Have Been Arrested
Young people can be charged with crimes just like adults. Juvenile cases
differ in the way the case is adjudicated and in the penalties imposed.
The Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz works with the minor and his or her family
to help them move forward after a juvenile charge.
To do this, we work hard to get the true facts of the matter. When we are
fully prepared in this way, we are able to mount a vigorous defense against
juvenile criminal charges. If your child has been charged with a crime,
contact Pittsburgh juvenile defense lawyer Melvin Vatz, to learn how we can help.
Defense for Juveniles Charged as Adults
Attorney Vatz has many years of experience in the adult and juvenile criminal
justice systems. He has successfully defended kids against all types of
Drug charges, including possession or distribution of ecstasy, crack, meth, marijuana,
Underage consumption of alcohol and
Theft, including theft of services such as bus fare, retail theft such as shoplifting
Sex crimes, including child molestation, date rape
Our clients include Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh students,
young teenagers, kids with drug problems, kids who have been in trouble
before, and good kids who have never encountered the legal system before.
What unifies this diverse group of youthful offenders is their age and
their parents' concern for their well-being.
The Goal of Juvenile Justice is to Help, Not Punish
The goal in juvenile criminal matters is to help kids rather than punish
them. We work with juvenile court officials to try to keep minors out
of the juvenile justice system. We can help our clients into drug or alcohol
treatment programs, have them complete community service, or serve a period
of supervised probation. This may allow the charges to be dismissed altogether
while providing the young person with the treatment he or she needs to
move forward successfully.
If your child has been charged with a criminal offense, contact a
Pittsburgh criminal attorney who is sensitive to the needs of young people. The Law Office of Melvin
L. Vatz has been helping juveniles and their families for more than 35
years. He understands the emotional and legal issues involved when a young
person faces a criminal charge.
From our Pittsburgh office, we serve communities in Allegheny, Washington,
Butler, Beaver, and Westmoreland counties. Call us at (412) 453-3341 to
free initial consultation.