Long Beach Juvenile Defense Lawyer
When a young person runs afoul of the law, it is a serious matter as his or her entire future could be affected. We understand how frightening an arrest can be for a child and how great the impact is on the entire family. If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime you need the help of an experienced Long Beach criminal defense attorney.
Juvenile Crime Defense
Our firm is small enough to be responsive to the needs of each young client we represent. With extensive experience both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, we bring a unique perspective to creating a defense strategy which particularly fits our client's circumstances.
In California juveniles (people under the age of 18) have a separate court system from adults which operates differently for example, there is no jury trial. Juvenile courts have the goal of rehabilitating youthful offenders into more constructive behavior. A juvenile crime attorney must be familiar with this court system in order to effectively defend a child. The children who are seen in these courts can be separated into categories, children who need to be cared for because they have been abused or abandoned, children who have committed an act which would not be wrong if committed by an adult, children who have committed an act which would be considered a criminal act if committed by an adult, and children 14 years of age or older who have committed a serious crime.
This last category may first face a fitness hearing to determine if the he or she should be tried as an adult or be dealt with in the juvenile system. A juvenile crime defense lawyer with our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of any child accused of a crime.
When Are Juveniles Prosecuted As Adults?
A Prosecutor will usually insist that the juvenile's offense is so serious that he or she should be prosecuted as an adult. Due to our decades of expertise and success as former prosecutors with County District Attorney offices, we are particularly qualified to face prosecutors in fitness hearings and represent juveniles charged with crimes. Since the focus of juvenile court is rehabilitation of the youthful offender, of course it is best for a young person's future if the matter is addressed as a juvenile offense. Call The Law Offices of Falangetti & Weimortz if you have questions. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will meet with you to answer your questions and give you and your child sound advice.
If your child has been arrested for a criminal offense, you need legal counsel that is experienced in successfully defending juveniles. Contact the Law Office of Anthony Falangetti at (800) 923-1776 to schedule a free initial legal consultation to discuss your child's charges.