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Has Your Child Been Arrested for a Crime?

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 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 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 30 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.

Tell us about your child's story during a free case consultation.

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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 serious consequences.

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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 robbery, vandalism, theft, assault, 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.

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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 jD Law Criminal Defense Attorneys, 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 disastrous consequences after a juvenile drug possession charge or other serious offense.

Contact us at (760) 630-2000 to get started towards building your child's defense.

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