Juveniles can commit the same crimes as adults and will be assigned a court-appointed counsel. Still, you have the option of hiring your own attorney, so call the Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison now. In dealing with juvenile crime, the state of North Carolina is more concerned with rehabilitation than punishment. Penalties are often less severe, and judges and prosecutors are usually more willing to find compromises that will not necessarily destroy the child’s chance at having a successful future. In many cases, Ryan can help you appeal to the court for alternative forms of sentencing. For example, instead of being sentenced to a juvenile detention center, a juvenile may be sent to a wilderness therapy program or other type of counseling facility. In some cases, charges may be deferred or dropped in exchange for community service.