If your child or a loved one under the age of 18 years old has been charged with a crime, then most likely, the minor will be charged in juvenile court. Juvenile court laws and procedures are substantially different than adult courts. It is essential that you hire an attorney who has experience in the area of juvenile law.
Depending on the criminal charges and the minor’s past criminal history, the minor could be eligible for several types of juvenile probations. Some probations allow the charges to be dismissed upon successful completion of probation. Hiring an attorney can help you determine what probation the minor would be eligible for.
If the minor is not eligible for one of the above types of probation, then the minor would most likely become a ward of the state (state becoming a guardian of the minor).
Some more serious criminal charges (listed in Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code 707) can result in a minor being charged as an adult. In many cases, depending on the specific criminal charge, a fitness hearing can be conducted to determine whether the minor should be charged as an adult.
Jay Hong has extensive experience in juvenile law and will vigorously defend your loved one against criminal charges in juvenile courts. Call now for a free consultation!