Representing Juvenile Crimes
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In California, any criminal act committed by a minor (an individual below
the age of 18), is a juvenile crime and will generally be prosecuted in
the Juvenile Court system. The intent of the juvenile courts, as opposed
to the adult Superior Courts, is to rehabilitate the minor rather than
punishing them for their criminal act. However, the consequences the minor
faces in juvenile court depend on the seriousness of the crime and the
criminal history of the child.
Why Choose Our Juvenile Crimes Attorney?
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A minor's case may be dealt with as a juvenile delinquency matter,
which means it involves the alleged commission of a crime the same as
if an adult had committed the offense. A minor's case may also be
dealt with as a status offenses, which means the offense was one that
is against the law because it was committed by a minor. These types of
juvenile status offenses include: Truancy (skipping school), curfew violations,
running away from home, and alcohol consumption. Whether your son or daughter
faces penalties for a juvenile status offense or for an adult criminal
charge, you can turn to the
Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig for top-rated defense.
Tell us about your child's offenses, and we'll tell you how we
can help. Call for a
Juvenile Crime Penalties
A juvenile misdemeanor conviction can result in:
- The minor being placed on probation with various probation terms;
- Electronic monitoring;
- Detention in a juvenile facility like boot camp or ranch work;
- A fine;
- Or a combination of all of the above.
A felony conviction could be much more serious and include penalties such
as imprisonment in a state institution like the California Youth Authority,
community service, house arrest, probation, detention in Juvenile Hall,
and other severe penalties.
California Juvenile Court is very different from adult criminal court.
Juvenile Court has a unique set of rules and procedures. For example,
discretion whether to charge an offense as a misdemeanor or a felony lies
with the prosecutor. Also, dismissals can occur at any stage in the process.
Arresting police officers, juvenile hall intake officers, detention officers,
and other probation officers all have the authority to completely close
a juvenile case or mandate informal probation
before the case goes to court.
Some Minors May Be Charged as Adults!
In cases involving a serious felony or violence, the court may decide to
send the juvenile to adult court and try him or her as an adult. This
decision is left up to the juvenile court judge and the prosecutor.
A minor may be tried as an adult depending on:
- The severity of the crime,
- The sophistication of the offense and the way it was committed,
- The probability of rehabilitation for the minor, and the minor's criminal history.
If it's determined that the minor should be tried as an adult, the
juvenile case is dismissed and the prosecutor brings a regular criminal
case to adult court, where the punishment can be state prison or the California
Youth Authority (CYA).
Don't Wait - Hire a Santa Rosa Juvenile Crime Attorney Today
If your child is charged with a juvenile crime and you contact the Law
Offices of Evan E. Zelig immediately, you may be able to get your child's
case dismissed in its initial stages! In some cases a knowledgeable Santa Rosa
criminal defense lawyer may be able to minimize the juvenile offense charges your child
faces and handle the case before your child faces significant penalties.
Without an experienced juvenile crime defense lawyer, your child could
go through needless juvenile court proceedings and could wrongfully end
up in juvenile hall, boot camp, detention ranch or even the California
Youth Authority (state prison for juveniles).
Get started on your case immediately:
Call (707) 418-5352
to reach our attorney.