Juvenile Defense

Los Angeles / San Diego Juvenile Defense Attorneys

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.

Hoffman & Associates
Los Angeles
(323) 655-3900

Hoffman & Associates
San Diego
(760) 942-0069

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Client Reviews
I can't begin to thank Mr. Hoffman enough for his extensive efforts throughout the entire case. He went absolutely above and beyond throughout the entire process. From day one he was immediately actively pursuing ways to prevent my case from ever going to court and once that was no longer an option, actively began working on getting the case ultimately dismissed. His communication was consistent and reassuring, despite my frantic worries all the time... Micaiah Botts
My family and I simply owe our life and future to Ron Hoffman. If you are looking for a lawyer that goes above and beyond the call of duty you can't find a better lawyer than Ron. He took my case head on from the moment I called his office. I was involved in an accidental hit and run where I was unaware of the injury. Every step of the way, Ron guided me through an almost two year long investigation and court settlement process and was constantly by my side through out every crossroad... Bill Martin
Ron Hoffman and his staff were Fantastic when dealing with such a serious issue of DUI. When I first Called Ron I was very nervous and worried for my daughter and her freedom. She had a failure to appear on top of her DUI and I knew just how bad this could be. Ron was able to immediately put me at ease and gave me the confidence that there was hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. Ron was able to get the failure to appear dismissed and also no jail time for my daughter... Claude Brown
I have been working with Mr. Hoffman for over 11 years. I have seen first hand his genuine dedication to his clients, and how his experience, knowledge and passion have gotten clients fantastic results. He treats each of his clients as his only client, and takes the time to develop detailed strategies and defenses for each individual case. I have never hesitated to refer Mr. Hoffman to anyone who has asked me for a good Criminal Defense attorney. He is a fantastic attorney!... Neeta P.
I had a DUI issue recently. I have never had a problem with the law as serious as this one. I did panic a bit after and knew I had to get a lawyer to help my future. I researched the Web and read the reviews for awesome DUI Lawyers. Hiring a lawyer can be intimidating. Ron's 30 years experience and step by step guidance helped me with my case. Jonie was amazing with keeping me calm. Ron Hoffman is a great lawyer and I would refer any friends or family to him... Manuel Gomez
Ron was so accommodating and professional. With a Firm like his you wouldn't expect him to be as accessible, but he immediately returned phone calls, was easy to communicate with and was very sympathetic to my situation. He went above and beyond and was able to get a better result than I'd hoped or expected. I highly recommend Ron Hoffman and his firm. He made a difficult and anxiety fueled process bearable and made me feel safe. He is a lovely man. One does not wish to need a criminal attorney, but if you do need one, Ron's the guy to call... Teri A.
Ron and his team were the perfect pairing for what I needed taken care of. Every step of the way he was extremely helpful and informative (not his first rodeo). His work ethic and attitude were exemplary and it showed with the results of using his services. I would recommend anyone I know to give Ron a call if they need help in his realm of expertise. Many thanks Ron and associates!... Donald N.
I didn't hire a lawyer for my first DUI... What a mistake! Ronald goes above and beyond with his art and knowledge of custom strategy according to your case. lawyer of the year (every year)... Adam R.
I hate lawyers. They are hard to get a hold of, greedy and unreliable. Ron is the opposite of all these things. He deserves 6 stars, and I very much recommend him. He helped me through my case with nothing but kindness, understanding, and knowledge and eventually got it dropped. Thanks for everything Ron!... Avi Z.