In California, juvenile courts are very different from adult courts because of their unique rules and procedures. For example, juveniles are not entitled to a jury trial, but rather are tried before a judge. Penalties relating to juvenile offenses can vary. Depending on the severity of the offense, the juvenile may be placed in juvenile detention, or have their case sent to adult Court.
At Hoffman & Associates, we work to ensure the legal rights of all minors are protected. Our knowledgeable juvenile defense attorneys work extensively with your family to help you understand and repair the underlying problem, not just deal with the current criminal charges. Our skilled juvenile defense lawyers are very familiar with the alternatives to prosecution. We evaluate the circumstances of each case, keeping our client's freedom as our first priority.Criminal Defense for Minors in Los Angeles and San Diego
The juvenile justice system is based on the adult criminal justice system in that both systems are designed to protect society and hold accountable those who break the law. Juvenile law previously took into account the theory that a child under the age of 18 inevitably makes mistakes and should not be punished like an adult. However, the law has changed. Today, if they are accused of committing certain types of serious crimes, youthful offenders may be charged and prosecuted as adults. If a juvenile commits a more violent offense such as murder, the prosecutor may seek to have the juvenile tried as an adult.
If your child is accused of committing any misdemeanor or felony offense, you need excellent representation by a juvenile criminal defense lawyer. Our attorneys can also advise you on other juvenile related issues, including:
- Detention hearings
- Probation violations
- Deferred prosecution programs
- Sentencing options
Because of the special rules and circumstances surrounding juvenile crimes, it is important to seek representation from a knowledgeable DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney who is experienced in representing juveniles. At Hoffman & Associates, we offer highly personalized service designed to help you solve this family problem successfully.Skilled Southern California Juvenile Defense Lawyers Protect Your Child's Rights
If you receive one of those agonizing and frightening phone calls saying your child has been arrested or detained, contact the juvenile defense lawyers at Hoffman & Associates. A juvenile arrest is a serious matter that requires immediate attention. Our attorneys utilize all of the options available to negotiate a favorable Juvenile Court disposition. Our expertise in juvenile defense also allows us to aggressively challenge the charges or evidence at an adjudication (the term for a juvenile court trial.)
From the initial hearing to the final disposition, we understand how to protect your child and work as an advocate for their freedom. You will learn about your legal options and how we work to skillfully prepare your child’s defense.
Our lawyers regularly appear in all Courts throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, as well as Courts in the San Fernando Valley including Encino, San Fernando, Glendale, Burbank, and Pasadena.
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