Denver Juvenile Law Attorney Helping Families in Crisis

Targeting immediate resolution to criminal charges against a child

When a child is in trouble, the entire family suffers. Juvenile law encompasses complicated and highly emotional issues that can tear families apart. As a Denver, CO, family lawyer with more than 25 years of experience helping families in critical legal situations, I know how to help. I understand the importance of approaching your case with practical steps toward resolution as well as compassion for your fears and concerns.

Rely on my gentle manner to bring calm to a complicated situation. But also count on my tenacity in fighting for your child’s best interests.

Juvenile delinquency matters in Colorado

Juvenile crimes can have far-reaching effects on a child’s life. Colorado’s controversial direct file law gives juvenile court judges the authority to transfer a child’s case into an adult court if a crime is deemed severe enough. You need to immediately pursue all possible resolutions in juvenile court. I get your case moving without delay.

Contacting me, Denver juvenile law attorney Karin Johnson Chatfield, is an excellent starting point for Denver metro area residents whose children may be charged with felonies or lesser crimes including:

  • Vandalism
  • Drug possession
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Criminal mischief
  • Car theft
  • Driving without a license
  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Dependency and neglect actions

Children and parents alike are at great risk in juvenile dependency and neglect cases (D&N cases). You can lose your parental rights or face criminal child abuse proceedings. As an experienced Denver child custody lawyer, I explain how your child custody, visitation and parenting time rights can be altered. According to Colorado state law, a child may be considered dependent or neglected if:

  • A parent or guardian abandons, mistreats or abuses the child
  • A parent or guardian allows another person to mistreat or abuse the child or does not take preventative action
  • The child lacks proper care through the actions or inactions of the parent or guardian
  • The child’s environment is unsafe
  • The parent or guardian does not provide the child with necessary education or medical care
  • The child is homeless or without care through no fault of the parent or guardian
  • The child has run away from home or is beyond the control of the parent or guardian

If the Department of Human Services has stepped in, you need a reputable Denver domestic violence lawyer to protect your rights. I clearly outline the legal steps you need to take and represent your best interests every step of the way.

Call a skilled Denver juvenile attorney to safeguard your family’s future

Whether your child is facing criminal charges or you are at risk of losing your parental rights, a timely response is essential. Call me at 303.777.3899 or contact Karin Johnson Chatfield LLC online. My office is conveniently located in downtown Denver. I am happy to schedule an evening or weekend appointment if needed.