Juvenile Crimes Defense Lawyer in Lancaster
Serving Families in Palmdale, Quartz Hill & the Surrounding Areas
Being charged with a crime is traumatic enough for adults. For children, it can be even more overwhelming. As a parent, you will likely have many questions and concerns. What will happen to your son or daughter? Will he or she be charged with a crime? What will the penalties entail? How will your child’s future be affected? At Law Office of Jesse P. Duran, you can rely on a Lancaster juvenile crime attorney who has remained a strong and stable defender in the local area for both adult and juvenile defendants for more than a decade.
The Juvenile Court System
Unlike the adult criminal justice system, juvenile cases are only handled by judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Juries do not make decisions about these cases. Only judges will decide whether a juvenile is guilty of an offense and what the consequences will be.
Typical juvenile crimes include:
- Petty theft
- Drug possession or other drug offenses
- Defacing property with graffiti
- Underage drinking and using a fake ID
- Reckless driving
Most of these crimes are handled in juvenile court. Some juveniles may be tried in adult court but only for more serious felony crimes.
Penalties for a juvenile crime can range from informal probation under a parent’s supervision to being held in a California Youth Authority facility. Juveniles made be made wards of the court (while still in their parents’ care) and put into foster care, a group home, or a probation camp. Each case is different with its own set of circumstances which will dictate the consequences.
Juvenile penalties may include such programs as:
- Community service
- Restitution to victims
- Mandatory attendance in victim impact education
The juvenile court process involves various hearings in which judges preside and testimony and evidence are presented involving detainment, arraignments, trials, and sentencing. Parents have the right to attend all hearings.
Work with our Lancaster Juvenile Crimes Defense Attorney
Throughout the duration of your juvenile’s case, you can rely on Law Office of Jesse P. Duran for competent and caring legal representation at all juvenile court proceedings. Backed by over a decade of knowledge, experience, and beneficial relationships with judges, prosecutors, and court staff, your juvenile’s case will be in the hands of a dedicated professional.
Call us at (661) 903-8056 to learn more today.