David Briggs is a lifelong resident of Northeast Missouri, having been born and... more
David Briggs is a lifelong resident of Northeast Missouri, having been born and raised in Memphis, Missouri. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 1993. He received J.D. from the University of Arkansas and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1997. In 1998 he began working as an associate at the Law Offices of Oswald Cottey, becoming a part... view profile
Juvenile law applies to young children and teenagers—usually defined as less than eighteen years old, depending on the state. Minors accused of breaking the law are processed under a juvenile justice system. This system is completely separate from the one used for adults, and the penalties involved are usually far less severe than in the adult system. Juvenile law also carries certain protections that do not apply to adults; for example, names are kept confidential and parents can be present during police questioning. A lawyer who specializes in juvenile law will help minors understand the juvenile justice system and present their defense in juvenile court.