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Los Angeles Juvenile Crime Lawyer

Understanding the Juvenile Justice System in California

When considering the criminal system, there is one main goal that is considered to be at the forefront of every piece of legislation and every action taken by law enforcement: promoting public safety. When considering juvenile crimes, however, this umbrella purpose dovetails into another. Juvenile courts are not only addressing the public safety and the punishment of the convicted - they are, instead, also focusing their attention on the rehabilitation and treatment of the accused.

To achieve this ultimate goal, the California juvenile justice system utilizes several methods and procedures that it believes will help it. This can include everything from treatment to incarceration. Other methods that are commonly utilized (severity escalating in accordance with the crime itself and the prior criminal history of the defendant) include the following:

  • Probation (informal and formal);
  • Community supervision; and
  • Detention and incarceration

This therefore involves agencies, schools and both local and national organizations in the effort to treat juvenile offenders so that they do not end up incarcerated. Studies have proven that those who are successfully treated will be less likely to repeat offend and courts typically favor these types of outcomes should it be proven that the juvenile in question has a clear desire to participate in achieving these changes.

Has your child been criminally charged in the Los Angeles, CA area?

If your child has been arrested, no matter whether it was for possession of alcohol, driving on a suspended license or for something such as a under 21 DUI or drug possession, it is highly encouraged that you get the legal assistance of a knowledgeable juvenile crime lawyer. By getting the involvement of an experienced attorney, steps will be able to made to work towards getting penalties dismissed and rehabilitation favored over punishment.

It is important to remember that while juveniles are typically tried in juvenile court, this is not always the case. The prosecuting attorney could determine that their crime was severe enough that they should not be adjudicated as a juvenile and should be placed within an adult court - where the penalties will undoubtedly be much more severe. You therefore need an experienced advocate to help prove your case and protect the best interests of your child.

Experienced Los Angeles Juvenile Crime Defense Attorney

Having aggressive representation in a situation such as this can be the difference between successfully having your child's charges handled or having your child burdened with the consequences for their rest of their life. So don't wait! Even if you should have questions regarding dependency proceedings, juvenile law appeals or even sealing juvenile records, we at Cron, Israels & Stark are here to help!

As certified criminal law specialists with over 80 years of aggregate attorney experience, we have the experience necessary to handle the most complex of cases. From crimes at school to juvenile sex crimes to even simple vandalism, you can trust that we will go the distance for you and your family.

Want to schedule your case review? Contact Cron, Israels & Stark today!

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