Los Angeles Juvenile Crime Attorney
Legal Processes Involved in Juvenile Crimes
Defendants under 18 years of age are considered juveniles for the purposes of
criminal law. When a child is charged with a crime, devastating effects can result.
The legal process itself can be a tremendously upsetting and destabilizing
experience for a child. At worst, a conviction may orient a child to a
lifetime of criminal activity. It is precisely for this reason that an
experienced attorney from
Martinian & Associates should be consulted to see that everything possible is done to try to
protect the child from such a fate.
Juvenile crimes are most often addressed in the juvenile court system.
The process involved is centered more on rehabilitation than punitive
measures. Even so, significant consequences can result. These typically
include such measures as detention, mandatory counseling, probation time
and fines. In certain cases, the child may be tried in the criminal courts
and be subject to the full consequences usually reserved for adults. This
judgment may be based on the severity of the crime, age and disposition
of the child and whether or not he or she has prior convictions.
The Juvenile Delinquency Process in Los Angeles, CA
There is a juvenile division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
This unit has around 100 sworn personnel that enforce laws specifically
to those under the age of 18. This division also oversees the LAPD's
juvenile programs such as counseling, the Jeopardy Program, P.A.L. and
more. Criminal offenses committed by those under the age of 18 are dealt
with in the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court. There
are two divisions of this court: dependency and delinquency. Our firm
deals strictly with Juvenile Delinquency Court, which handles the cases
of children who allegedly committed delinquent acts that would be criminal
offenses if the individual was over the age of 18. At the discretion of
the prosecution or the court, the juvenile could be tried as an adult
in criminal court. There are three juvenile hall locations in Los Angeles
County: Sylmar, Los Angeles, and Downey.
Who can help?
At Martinian & Associates, we understand that facing such a situation
is very difficult and stressful for you and your child. We will take the
time to answer your questions and ensure you understand the processes
involved in your child's case. Our experience and knowledge allow
us to determine the best course of action and develop a compelling legal
defense. Some examples of juvenile crimes include:
If you child has been accused of any crime, the sooner you contact us,
the better. If involved early enough, we may even be able to prevent charges
from being filed. Whatever the situation, we will fight for your child's
rights and pursue the best possible outcome.