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 â€œconvictionâ€ can be used as a â€œstrikeâ€ in the future and can send the juvenile to the functional equivalent of jail whether called an â€œindustrial schoolâ€, â€œranchâ€ â€œcampâ€ or â€œhallâ€, 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 juvenileâ€™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 â€œsentenceâ€ (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: