It makes a big difference in the way defendants are treated, how they are sentenced and how their records are kept.
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I strongly suggest that you contact a reputable attorney in your area who practices both adult criminal and juvenile law and have that attorney review the documents you speak of and give you an evaluation based on the specifics of the situation. Shouldn't cost much...may even be something that could be done in the first visit. And for most criminal defense lawyers that's free.
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