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Juvenile Defense in the State of California: The Importance of a Juvenile Defense Attorney

Every parent worries about the wellbeing of his or her child. As children get older, however, they develop their character, which can often lead to mishaps. Making mistakes is a part of life, however, some of these mistakes can lead to serious consequences. If you are a parent who has a child who is facing criminal charges, it is important to obtain the legal representation of an attorney who is experienced in dealing with juvenile courts. As a minor, your child may have options that an adult may not. In many instances, the accused child may be able to avoid prison time, especially if this is his or her first offense. Speak to an attorney with the right experience to advocate for your child’s rights.

In the State of California, juvenile courts and adult courts are very different from one another. Each will have a unique set of rules and procedures that the defendant and his or her legal team must abide by. If you or someone you know needs the defense of a criminal law attorney for a minor, it is important to seek the legal advice of an experienced attorney. This article will highlight some of the most important elements that separate a juvenile court from that of an adult court and why it is important to hire an attorney who has the right experience.

Criminal Defense for Juveniles in California

The justice system for juveniles is very similar to that of the adult justice system. Both courts seek to hold those accused accountable for the crimes they have committed. In the State of California, a minor will not be charged with the same consequences as an adult, had the adult committed the same crime. Theoretically, this is imposed on the presumption that minors inherently make mistakes. Today, minors are still charged under this concept, however, if the crime that was committed is serious enough, the juvenile faces being prosecuted as an adult. 

The Consequences of a Crime

It is easy for many children to ignore the fact that there are consequences to every single action that is taken. Many mistakes that lead to criminal charges are avoidable and yet, many children will ignore the consequences and pursue the criminal act. While not every minor’s intent is to commit a crime, a conviction of such a crime can lead to lifelong consequences. Some of these consequences may involve, but are not limited to:

  • The inability to obtain employment
  • The inability to receive financial aid for school
  • The inability to obtain certain state licenses

The Importance of a Qualified and Experienced Attorney

If you are the parent of a minor who has been recently convicted of a crime, it is important to seek the advice and legal support of a qualified attorney. An attorney can provide support with the following:

  • Detention hearings
  • Deferred prosecution programs
  • Probation violations
  • Sentencing options

Due to the special rules and procedures regarding juvenile court, it is vital to seek the support and representation of a qualified defense attorneys who understand the criminal justice system and how it applies to juveniles. The attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP are dedicated to protecting the rights of minors facing criminal charges. They have extensive experience in handling juvenile cases. If your child has been accused of a crime, seek the advice and legal support of a team of attorneys who can fight for the rights of your child.

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Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.