Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Serving Orange County, CA since 1978
At The Law Offices of Andrew Loyd in Orange County California, we consider juvenile criminal defense to be an opportunity to make a significant difference your child's future. Helping California families understand the criminal justice system is an important part of what we do for underage defendants.
It is important to know that individuals under the age of 18, who are charged with a crime, are usually sent to juvenile court. These special courts are separate from the adult criminal court system and are designated to meet the special needs of children and teenagers charged with a crime. Juvenile courts are also designated to rehabilitate and to treat children whereas adult criminal courts are more focused on punishment. However, in many juvenile court cases a minor faces the possibility of being incarcerated.
As a parent of a juvenile facing a juvenile criminal offense you need to approach this matter very seriously. As a minor starting out in life, it is important to help keep their record as clean as possible. Many doors of opportunity can close due to a criminal case. Andrew Lloyd has been helping parents keep their children out of prison for over 30 years. We understand that having a child who is going through this court process can be extremely difficult for parents and we will fight for the best possible outcome.
Call Andrew Lloyd today for a free consultation we will work aggressively defend your children's freedom we will get through this together.
Juvenile status offenses are defined as acts that would otherwise be legal if they were committed by an adult. This can include minor offenses such as truancy or violation of curfew. These offenses can also include more serious offenses like possession of alcoholic beverages (California business and professions code section 25622) or driving with a .01% blood alcohol level (California vehicle code section 23136)
In the state of California, a juvenile delinquency offense includes any act that is considered a crime no matter the age of the person who committed it.
Under Proposition 21, California law permits a juvenile over the age of 16 to be tried as an adult for any crime under the court’s discretion. Between the ages of 14-16, the juvenile can only be tried as an adult for serious violent or sex-related crimes
If the court determines that the juvenile must be tried as an adult, the case will be moved into the adult court system, and, if found guilty, the defendant can be punished in the same manner that an adult would be punished for the crime he or she committed.
If your child is tried in the juvenile court system, the punishment is generally intended to correct the behavior and teach them to be productive members of society. These punishments can include:
There are 7 types of hearings your child may have in juvenile court:
For these hearings: