Eastlake Juvenile Court



Eastlake Juvenile Court
1601 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033


In twenty five years of practicing juvenile criminal law I always keep the goal in mind of protecting the minor’s record. And, what I mean by this is that when my representation is over, doing everything within my power to make sure that the subject minor can move forward with no criminal record that can negatively impact their life in the future. There are a number of different vehicles and strategies that can by used to achieve this result and I evaluate the circumstances and background of the particular minor in order to figure out which one is right for them. We sit down from the beginning of the case and make the right choices so we will move forward in the right way.

The best strategy that I find makes sense is to have a meeting with the minor and interested family members to flush out what the problems are that the minor is facing and what can be done to resolve them. Once we know what the issue are, the easier it will be to come up with a solution that works. We will of course require that the minor is on board with the plan and that the family is their to support him or her. Like with any real problem, if the person in trouble does not accept that there is a problem, then we will not be able to deal with it effectively. Once we are all on the same page and the minor buys into the solution, then it is a matter of executing the plan and showing the probation department, prosecutor and judge that the minor is on the right path and deserves an opportunity to get his or her case sealed and destroyed and move on with their life.


When the judges and prosecutors decide what position they will take on a particular case, they will look at the juvenile’s performance and attitude in school and at home as indicators of the minor’s likelihood of success related to their juvenile case. The better the minor is doing at home and school, the more latitude the courts will give them and the easier it is for me to achieve a result we can all live with. On the other hand, if the minor is missing school or getting bad grades and is a problem at home, it will be more difficult to obtain the desired result. And, the more likely it is that the court will intervene in a significant way that will effective the minor and his or her family for years to come.

In my opinion, it is important that the minor and parents understand the relationship between taking care of business at school and home and what that will mean later on for the minor and his or her future life. If the minor can begin to do well and understand that school is part of the building blocks of the rest of their life, then we will not only resolve the case, we will put the minor in a strong position to be successful moving forward with the rest of their life.

Sometimes it is just a small tweak in the right the direction that can mean all the difference in your child’s success. Believe it or not, the courts love it when a minor turns their life around and is successful. It is why the courts are there. They should be encouraging the juveniles under their supervision to succeed and do the right thing. I know from experience that when we show them that the minor is on the right path, and they believe it, the judges and prosecutors will bend over backwards to help the minor in anyway they can. Contact our law firm today.