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 Los Angeles juvenile crime attorney from Martinian Lawyers should be consulted to see that everything possible is done to try to protect the child from such a fate. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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. Our experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys can help you to understand the legalities of a complicated juvenile crime defense case.
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 Lawyers, 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 as Los Angeles juvenile crime lawyers allow us to determine the best course of action and develop a compelling legal defense.
Some examples of juvenile crimes include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Drug crimes
- Underage alcohol consumption
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Juvenile Crime Attorney
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. Contact us today for a free consultation.