Our Firm is uniquely qualified to represent youth who are accused of committing a crime.
The Juvenile Delinquency Court is the Court that presides over cases when youth under the age of 18 is accused of committing a crime. Although the proceedings are similar to an adult who has a criminal case, there are substantial differences. Juveniles are entitled to most of the protections based on due process that an adult would be afforded in a criminal case. The two major exceptions are the right to trial by jury and the right to bail. A sustained juvenile court petition, although not a “conviction” can be used as a “strike” in the future and can send the juvenile to the functional equivalent of jail whether called an “industrial school”, “ranch” “camp” or “hall”, as well as many other collateral consequences identical to those of an adult. In fact, perhaps one of the most severe consequences is that for certain offenses, a juvenile’s record can never be sealed. For all intents and purposes, juvenile proceedings are now as formal, adversarial and potentially as punitive (and in some cases more punitive) as adult proceedings. A juvenile is tried by a judge, commissioner or referee who acts both as the finder of fact and who makes the legal findings, rulings and “sentence” (known as disposition in juvenile lingo).
We assist those who are accused of committing a crime who were under the age of 18 at the time with: