Nothing is more distressing than having your child charged with criminal misconduct. Juvenile crime is a very specific area of defense, distinct from adult crime. The process of arrest, the juvenile court system and the possibility of punitive results can be stressful and frightening for both the juvenile and his/her family. Schwartz & Powell offers you highly effective juvenile crime defense for the best results possible.
Juvenile Crime: Minors under the age of 18 usually will be tried in the California juvenile court system. However, there are cases in which younger minors can be tried in adult court.
California Welfare Institutions Code Section 602: Juvenile court has jurisdiction over offenses allegedly committed by minors who are under the age of 18 at the time of the offense. If the crime is allegedly committed when the juvenile is 16 but not discovered until the minor is 19 then the minor can still be tried in juvenile court.
Crimes for which minors 14 and up must be tried as adults: If the minor is accused of highly serious crimes (707(b) offenses or sex crimes they will likely be tried in adult court. There is prosecutorial discretion vested in the DA's office in directly filing in adult court.
Some of these crimes include but are not limited to:
• Arson causing great bodily injury or of an inhabited structure
• Assault with a firearm, destructive device or by means of force likely to produce bodily harm
• Attempted murder
• Kidnapping for ransom, robbery, or with bodily harm
• Murder or Murder with special circumstances
• Voluntary manslaughter
• Various sex crimes such as rape, forcible sex in concert with another, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, sodomy or oral copulation
• Gang related offenses
• Hate crime
• Alleged victim is 65 years or disabled
• Use of a firearm during commission or attempted commission of a felony
The age of the offender and the nature of the crime can result in allegations that constitute severe imprisonment in state prison. It is critically important to retain a lawyer who can defend and protect the juvenile from adult criminal consequences and punishment. Call Schwartz & Powell if your child has been arrested so our dedicated and knowledgeable juvenile defense team can go to work for you.
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