San Diego Juvenile Crimes Attorney
Has Your Child Been Arrested for a Crime in San Diego, CA?
Our young years are a crucial time in our lives, as we learn valuable lessons
that shape us into who we will become as adults. As a result of our naïve
and impressionable youthfulness, we do not always have the necessary knowledge
and wisdom to make the right decisions. Some of these mistakes can be
costly and result in criminal charges. At JD Law, we understand that young
people can sometimes find themselves in difficult situations. If your
son or daughter is facing criminal charges, our firm’s San Diego
juvenile crimes lawyer can provide the knowledgeable advocacy you need
to protect your child’s future against serious consequences.
Our firm’s extensive trial experience and aggressive approach have
earned us a number of professional recognitions throughout the years,
including a Certification in Criminal Law by the Board of Legal Specialization
of the California State Bar. Having practiced criminal law for more than
20 years and tried hundreds of cases throughout our firm’s practice,
we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to maximize your child’s
chances of securing a favorable outcome for their situation.
An Overview of Juvenile Arrests in San Diego
If your child has been arrested, the police will have the option to release
your son or daughter back to you at their discretion. Since many juvenile
halls throughout the state of California are vastly overcrowded, many
law enforcement officers will be prepared to release them. If your child
is accused of committing a violent offense, however, it is much more likely
that they will be held in juvenile hall.
If a child is indeed accepted and placed into juvenile hall, the probation
department or district attorney’s office will then decide whether
or not to file a petition against your child, which is essentially the
same thing as filing criminal charges. Depending on the offense in question,
the district attorney reserves the right to try your child as an adult.
Children who are convicted of crimes in juvenile court can face a number
of different consequences, including probation, being placed in foster
care, being placed in a group home, detainment, becoming a ward of the
state. Children who are tried and convicted in adult court can face incarceration
in a youth facility until the age of 24, after which they will be transferred
to an adult prison.
Regardless of the specifics, one thing remains constant: if a child is
convicted, they will be removed from their parents’ care and face
Categories of Juvenile Offenses
Unlike adult criminal courts that focus on punishing crime, juvenile courts
have a much different goal. Juvenile courts are more concerned with rehabilitation
instead of punishment. With that being said, detention is still a very
real possibility for certain types of juvenile offenses – especially
those of a violent or especially heinous nature.
Juvenile crimes are often categorized into the following groups:
Status Offenses – These crimes are relatively minor violations that are oftentimes
deemed illegal simply due to the minor’s age. Examples include driving
a motor vehicle without a license, drinking alcohol while underage, truancy,
or possession of a firearm by a minor. These offenses would not be considered
a crime if committed by an adult.
Delinquency Crimes – Offenses of this class are illegal regardless of the age of the
offender. Examples include
arson, and more.
Unlike trials in adult courts, juvenile cases do not have a jury. Judges
decide a minor’s guilt or innocence at their discretion and implement
sentences as they see fit. Sentencing can range anywhere from simple probation
to detention in a secure facility. Oftentimes, minors are required to
participate in education programs pertaining to their offense.
Protecting Your Child's Wellbeing & Freedom in San Diego
Our firm’s founding partner and former police detective, Attorney
James N. Dicks, has earned a highly respected reputation within the legal
community for his hard-hitting advocacy and unparalleled dedication to
his clients. At JDLaw, we are fully equipped to go the distance on your
child’s behalf and can provide the knowledgeable advocacy you need
during this difficult time. Our litigation experience can potentially
be the difference between your child’s incarceration and acquittal.
Do not let an overly enthusiastic prosecutor decide their fate. Let us
use our skills to protect your child’s future and reputation from
Contact us today to get started towards building your child’s defense.