Risa's passion for service began early in life. By the time she was attending Grant... more
Risa's passion for service began early in life. By the time she was attending Grant High School in NE Portland, Risa was involved in a variety of community groups and school activities focused on alleviating social injustice. However, it wasnt until she was faced with caring for a relative during a medical crisis that Risa became fully aware of the importance of advocacy. This experience inspir... view profile
9years experience as an attorney in Washington State and Oregon. Practice includes... more
9years experience as an attorney in Washington State and Oregon. Practice includes criminal defense, juvenile and family law, post-conviction relief, and representation of people with disabilities, includingyouth in education matters. Practice in state and federal courts in the Portland metro area. Local practice includes Washington and Clark counties. Editor and author of two award-winning... 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.
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