If your minor child is in trouble, one of the best things you can do is hire a skilled Orange County juvenile attorney to represent them in court In California, crimes that have been committed by minors seventeen years or younger are prosecuted in the California juvenile court system. Juvenile courts handle cases involving children between the ages of 10 and 17 who are accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses. Although the intent is to rehabilitate children, it is very common for incarcerated minors to either repeat their original offense or get into other trouble after they are released. The consequences depend on the seriousness of the crime and the criminal history of the minor. No matter what type of crime your child has been accused of, our attorneys will be able to assist you.
The following are crimes for which MacGregor & Collins, LLP criminal defense attorneys have a high degree of experience defending for minors:
- Skipping school (truancy)
- Gang-related activities
- Underage alcohol consumption
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- Speeding and driving without a license
- Running away from home
- Probation violations
- “Three Strikes” cases(repeat offenses)
- Theft, shoplifting, burglary
- Vandalism – Drug use
- Sexual misconduct
- Fighting in School
Common Juvenile Crime Questions
Although each case is different, there are still a few questions that parents and juveniles regularly ask after being charged with a criminal defense. The following are the more common questions as well as some information that may help answer your questions.
Can My Child Go To Prison?
There are instances where juveniles can be ordered by the courts to spend time in adult prison. Whether or not your son or daughter will be prosecuted in adult court largely depends upon the seriousness of the crime, how old your child is, and your child’s criminal history. The following are types of crimes that may result in your child being prosecuted in adult court:
- Murder or attempted murder
- Arson resulting in serious injury
- Armed Robbery
- Rape and other types of sexual assault
- Grand theft auto
The differences between being prosecuted in adult court and juvenile court can have a substantial impact on your child’s case. If you are unsure which court your child will be heard in, we highly recommend contacting a skilled juvenile crime attorney as soon as possible.
What Penalties Will My Child Face?
There are a number of different penalties the court may choose to impose upon your child. Some situations may warrant your child living with you under your direct supervision, serving probation, living with a foster family or relative, being sent to a probation camp, or serving time at the Department of Corrections. What penalties will be imposed largely depend upon the types of crimes that were committed as well as the circumstances surrounding your child’s alleged incident.
Will I Be Ordered To Pay Money?
If there were victims in your child’s case, there is a chance that you will be ordered to pay restitution to them. Parents have legal responsibilities and are often held liable for their children’s mistakes. If your child inflicted harm that has resulted in a victim having to pay outrageous medical bills, you may be ordered to pay them. If your child stole a very expensive item or resulted in some large amount of lost profits for the victim, you may be ordered to compensate those losses as well.
Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyers On Your Child’s Side
Too often, parents of children who have been accused of crimes fail to obtain experienced legal representation. Assuming that the criminal justice system will go easy on a minor simply because they are not an adult can be a huge mistake. Consequences for minors vary drastically depending upon a wide variety of different factors, but there is no way to predict how lenient a judge will be. If your child has been trouble before, it will not take much for a judge to make an example of them.
Randy Collins, MacGregor & Collins, LLP firm partner, has worked with countless juveniles and their parents. Previously the district attorney for the county of Riverside, Attorney Collins has developed relationships with the courtroom staff, judges, and prosecuting attorneys. With skilled legal represenation on your side, you will be able to take advantage of Attorney Collins’ reputation for providing top notch legal defense. In some cases, Attorney Collins has been able to have the charges against his clients dropped, allowing families to concentrate on creating a new direction for their kids, rather than putting forth more effort and heartbreak that can occur when dealing with the juvenile criminal justice system.
If your child is facing criminal charges, we invite you to take advantage of our free juvenile crime case evaluation. Our defense attorneys have decades of experience and accumulated skill representing juvenile defendants and can help you to better understand the alleged crimes brought against them. Fill out our contact form or call (888) 250-2865 to receive assistance from our skilled Orange County juvenile crime defense lawyers.