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Juvenile Defense Lawyers in Puerto Rico

In the juvenile justice system in Puerto Rico, the primary goal is to rehabilitate the child or teenager.


The juvenile justice system also protects the public. Important differences exist between the criminal justice system in adult courts and juvenile courts.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney for a juvenile court case in or around Puerto Rico, consider the attorney's training and experience with these types of cases.


Attorneys often provide a free consultation and charge a flat rate for attorney fees and costs for juvenile delinquency and criminal defense cases.


Many of the top juvenile defense attorneys in the United States belong to the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). Created in 1999, NJDC supports criminal defense attorneys who represent children in juvenile court. In 2005, the National Juvenile Defender Center separated from the American Bar Association (ABA) to become an independent organization.


NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a platform to exchange information, build partnerships, improve advocacy skills and participate in the national debate over juvenile justice.


The mission of the NJDC is to "promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense." Learn more about the NJDC.

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José Miguel Rivera-Santos

José Miguel Rivera-Santos
JMRS Law Office
115 609 Ave. Tito Castro Suite 102
Ponce, PR 00716
Licensed for 8 years, José Miguel Rivera-Santos is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Pontificia Universidad Catolica d... read more >

Glenn Carl James

Glenn Carl James
James Law Offices
Calle Peñuelas 65-A
San Juan, PR 00966
Licensed for 30 years, Glenn Carl James is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Inter-American University... read more >

Pedro Rivas Tolentino

Pedro Rivas Tolentino
Pedro J Rivas Tolentino
Post Office Box 444
Puerto Real, PR 00740
Pedro Rivas Tolentino is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Puerto Rico... read more >

Kevin E Lerman

Kevin E Lerman
241 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
San Juan, PR 00918
Licensed for 6 years, Kevin E Lerman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Irvine School of the Law... read more >

Steven Wayne Weinstein

Steven Wayne Weinstein
220 Av. Ing. Manuel Domenech Ste 2062
San Juan, PR 00918
Licensed for 28 years, Steven Wayne Weinstein is a Real Estate Law and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended SMU Dedman School of Law... read more >

Ron E Frank

Ron E Frank
Frank Advisors, LLC
Plantation Dr
Dorado, PR 00646
Licensed for 31 years, Ron E Frank is a Criminal Defense and Business Law lawyer who attended University of Houston Law Center... read more >

Joseph A Niskar

Joseph A Niskar
Fried Saperstein Abbatt PC
241 Av. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
San Juan, PR 00918
Licensed for 26 years, Joseph A Niskar is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Armando Isaias Carranza

Armando Isaias Carranza
Public Defender 13th Judicial Circuit
1153 Cll Campina
San Juan, PR 00920
Licensed for 6 years, Armando Isaias Carranza is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Universidad Interamericana de P... read more >
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Juvenile Defense Specialty Areas

Board Certification

National Association of Counsel for Children - NACC is accredited by the ABA to certify attorneys as child welfare law specialists and works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, juvenile delinquency, and family law cases.



Nonprofit Legal Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


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