Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse
Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse Criminal Lawyer
AddressSylmar Juvenile Courthouse
16350 Filbert Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
LEARN HOW THE BEST ATTORNEYS DEAL WITH CASES IN THE SYLMAR JUVENILE COURTHOUSE LOCATED WITHIN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
Over the course of the past 25 years I have been successfully handling juvenile matters in the Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse. This is one of my favorite courthouses because I enjoy assisting our youth to get on the right track in life. Having four children of my own, I know how difficult it is to make sure they are on the right path and staying focused on the right things so they can make the most out of their lives.
Sylmar court generally handles most of the juvenile criminal matters that are filed in the San Fernando Valley. I have appeared in the five courtrooms that make up this courthouse and negotiated and litigated many case there over the years. The District Attorney also has an office that is attached to the court building and they are available to meet with defense attorneys to discuss and deal with juvenile cases.
At the first court appearance there are a number of important issues that are dealt with. The judge will decide if the minor is taken into the custody of juvenile hall or if they will be permitted to remain in the community with some sort of conditions. Examples of the conditions include, being placed on home arrest, having to wear an ankle bracelet with restricted activities or living in a placement or community home while the case is pending. The juvenile defense attorney will be provided with all of the relevant paperwork related to the case and a probation report will be ordered assessing the minor’s background and suitability to be placed on probation.
LEARN WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PROTECT A JUVENILE’S RECORD IN SYLMAR
The single most important objective I have in every juvenile case I handle is to protect the young person’s record from damage that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Any conviction that a future school or employer sees can spell disaster for someone trying to make there way in the world. I make it my number one priority to make sure that we resolve any juvenile matter with an eye towards sealing the record.
There are many different options that can be utilize that set a minor up for success in the juvenile system. Sometimes the probation department can be convinced to either reject or keep the cases in their system. This keeps the case out of the court system and avoids a conviction that will show up on a future record. There are also resolutions in juvenile cases that involve the person not being sentenced and remaining law abiding for an agreed upon period of time in order to earn a dismissal. Finally, there are situations where the minor admits a petition, but an latter have the charges and the record sealed and destroyed. I meet with people everyday to discuss what makes the most sense in their circumstances.
WHAT TYPES OF THINGS ARE PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES EVALUATING IN THE PROSECUTION OF MINORS IN THE SYLMAR JUVENILE COURTHOUSE?
One of the main goals of juvenile courts is to try and act in the best interests of the minor. Of course this goal has to be balanced against protecting society from the minor’s actions and what is in the best interests of the community as it relates to the subject minor. These two competing interests are constantly at battle with each other and it is up to the minor’s defense attorney to spin things in the minor’s favor and make sure that every opportunity is afforded the minor in resolving their case in the most favorable way possible.
Some of the things that can assist in the process are if the minor has good attendance and grades in school. For the court system, this is a solid indicator that the minor can be cooperative and may be worthy of being given a chance. If, on the other hand, the minor is not cooperative in school or does not show up to school, then the system will take control of the minor’s affairs away from them and their parents and place them in juvenile hall while the case is being resolved and even after the case is resolved, if the minor’s issues are perceived as being serious enough.
The more dangerous the minor is to him or herself and the community at large, the more structure the court will provide for them. And, in the juvenile system, structure means confinement. It is not fun in juvenile hall and for those who have never been there before, it can be a real wake up call. I like to get the client and the parents into my office from the beginning so we can devise a plan that will keep the minor out of custody and set them up for a successful resolution of their case. Once you know what the minor is facing and what you can do to help, I find a sense of control is returned to your life. Contact us today!