Los Angeles Juvenile Crimes Lawyer
HOW CAN I BEST PROTECT MY SON OR DAUGHTER FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF A JUVENILE CRIMINAL CASE?
There are a number of important considerations when it comes to dealing with a juvenile criminal case in Los Angeles County. Protecting a loved one’s future criminal record, keeping them out of custody and getting them on the right path are probably some of the most crucial issues that will have to be dealt with. Finding an attorney that has been down the road you are about to travel and been successful is what you should be focusing on at this time. Set up a consultation to meet with the prospective attorney and have a list of questions ready to go, so when you leave the meeting, you feel satisfied that you know the plan of action and confident the attorney you hired is the right person to execute that plan.
HOW CAN MY CHILD’S FUTURE RECORD BE PROTECTED?
As you might guess the juvenile system is set up to try and figure out what is in the best interest of the minor. Of course this has to be counter balanced against protecting society for the minor’s actions and making sure that people are punished for their actions. There are many programs and strategies that can be employed by a seasoned juvenile criminal defense attorney that can seal a minor’s record forever and make sure that their actions do not haunt them for the rest of their life. There are diversion programs and other court approved options that will give the minor a chance to get on the right path. Your best option at this point is to set up a free face to face meeting with a local attorney that can help your child’s future.
WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY CHILD OUT OF CUSTODY?
Probably the best way to keep a juvenile out of custody once they have committed a crime is to create a game plan that will show the judge and the prosecutor that this type of behavior will not happen again. The best way to do this is to sit down with an attorney that can take your child’s specific situation and step by step tell you what is going to have to be done in order to get past this situation. Factors like the child’s performance in school and at home will have to be addressed. The current criminal behavior will be a big consideration for the prosecutor. They are going to want to know why the behavior occurred and what is going to specifically be done to make sure it does not happen again.
HOW CAN I GET MY CHILD ON THE RIGHT PATH?
First and foremost you will have to accept the fact that your child needs help and you are going to have to be an active participate in a plan to get them the help they need. You can not make excuses for your child’s behavior because that will make you part of the problem. Instead, you must be part of the solution! There is a reason or reasons your child is in trouble and it is up to you to take a leadership role in assisting the attorney with a game plan to get your child on a path of success. There is nothing more rewarding than when a child realizes the right way to do things and develops a plan for their life. With a road map for success, there is nothing that can stop them for leading a productive happy life.
LEARN THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES RELATED TO A JUVENILE PROSECUTION
Over the course of the past 25 years I have defended minors charged with every criminal offense you can imagine. One of my biggest goals in every single juvenile case I defend is to make sure that my client’s record can be sealed and destroyed. This way they can pursue an education, get a job an have a future. There are a number of different routes a juvenile case can take and a number of different resolutions that a seasoned juvenile defense attorney can craft in order to make sure their clients achieve the best possible result. Below are some of the most common resolutions I have seen in the course of my juvenile defense career:
Many times the prosecutor and judge can be convinced that the particular minor does not deserve to have to plead guilty to a juvenile related offense. Under this circumstance the case is typically continued for six months and the minor is ordered to keep at least a “C” grade level in all of their school courses, to do some community service and cooperate with the Probation Department. If the minor is not arrested during that six month period and is cooperative with the Probation Department, then the case will be dismissed and sealed and destroyed and their record will be left clean. The beauty of this particular type of resolution is that the minor never pleads guilty to anything.
Under a Welfare and Institution Code Section 790 resolution the minor admits what they are charged with (or the defense attorney negotiates a lesser charge) and the case is continued for one year, without the minor actually being sentenced for the admission. The minor is then ordered to keep at least a “C” average in school, do some community service and cooperate with the Probation Department. The prosecutor or court can add some additional requirements into the mix as they see fit as well. At the end of the year, if the minor has done everything they were suppose to, then the minor will be permitted to take back there guilty plea and the case will be dismissed and sealed and destroyed so no one can find it on their record.
Other possible resolutions in all juvenile cases involve the minor being placed home on probation and ordered to abid by certain conditions (after the probationary period and they turn 18 they can request their case be sealed and destroyed), the minor can also admit the charges in the petition and be suitably placed in some sort of a group home or even a family members home, a minor can be sent to long or short term camp and they can also be sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice (juvenile prison) if they are among the worst of offenders.
Your best strategy is to sit down with an attorney who understands how the system works, how to achieve the best results within its’ framework and can sit down with you and your child and figure out a path to success and a way to protect their record and future.