Helping You Navigate Through The California Juvenile Court System
The juvenile court system in California is completely different from adult courts. The law, the charges, and the circumstances are all very specialized. Unless your attorney is intimately familiar with the juvenile court, your son or daughter could pay the consequences for your lawyer's lack of knowledge.
The goal of the juvenile court system is to prevent juvenile delinquency from evolving into adult criminality. However, in some instances, a juvenile may be charged in adult court. At the Law Office of Pilchman & Kay, A Professional Law Corporation, our Irvine criminal defense attorneys work to keep juveniles within the juvenile court system where options other than incarceration exist. Because of our background as former District Attorneys, we are familiar with the programs within the juvenile justice system and will pursue the option that minimizes negative consequences. At the same time, we are prepared to work with private investigators, forensic experts, firearm experts, lab technicians, and other professionals in defending juveniles in cases involving all types of criminal charges.
A juvenile arrest and/or conviction could have far-reaching consequences that are not conceivable when you are a minor. For example, college and graduate school applications likely will inquire whether or not you have ever been arrested. Licensed professionals are also going to have to disclose arrests and convictions on applications. Make sure you protect you loved one today and in the future.
Schedule a free, confidential consultation with the Law Office of Pilchman & Kay, A Professional Law Corporation today at (949) 558-0042.
Criminal Charges & Juvenile Crime
Our firm understands what needs to be done in order to minimize the likelihood of having a juvenile tried as an adult. We can guide you through the criminal court process from arrest to meeting with your assigned probation officer and if need be, in court and at trial. We can negotiate with prosecutors and judges to give your son or daughter the opportunity to make amends and keep any criminal conviction from ruining their future.
Our Irvine juvenile defense attorneys represent young people charged with committing the following kinds of crime:
- Weapons on school grounds
- Fit and proper hearings
- Graffiti (“tagging”)
- Underage drinking
- Murder (homicide)
- 707(b) offenses
- Aggravated assault and battery
Intervention & Prevention: Giving Young People a Second Chance
Our criminal court system can be very unforgiving once people enter it. Intended to punish rather than help people solve problems, prison often amplifies attitudes and behavioral traits that lead to recidivism and further entanglement in the penal system. That is why as juvenile criminal defense lawyers in California, we are committed to working with the court in order to help young people get a second chance. Working with counselors, social workers, and juvenile officers, we ask the court to sentence juveniles to community service and enrollment in intervention programs instead of sending them to jail or juvenile detention.
Contact the Law Office of Pilchman & Kay, A Professional Law Corporation, Today
It is important to consult an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after a young person has been arrested for committing a crime. Since the adult and juvenile criminal court systems are very different, working with a lawyer who understands the processes and requirements involved can make a difference in helping a young person avoid the more serious consequences of their actions.
To discuss you son's or daughter's case, contact our Irvine juvenile criminal defense lawyers at (949) 558-0042 today.