Juvenile Crimes Attorney in Long Beach, California

According to the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Statistic Center, there were 25,710 juvenile arrests in California in 2020. After the arrests, those juveniles were either referred to probation, counseled and released, or turned over to another agency. One serious mistake can result in a juvenile arrest—but it doesn’t have to impact your child’s life forever.

I know how important it is that your child’s rights and future are protected. With over 14 years of experience in California courts, I have the legal resources to help you and your child during this difficult time. My law firm—McCready Law Group—represents clients in Long Beach, California, Cypress Hill, Lakewood, and the nearby areas in matters of criminal defense.

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Types of Juvenile Crimes in California

In general, there are three types of juvenile crimes: violent, property, or drug-related. 

Violent crimes can involve events such as assault and other violent actions. Property crimes can involve shoplifting, burglary, or theft, as well as actions that cause property damage. Drug-related crimes include possession or sale of illegal narcotics as well as other crimes. Additionally, juveniles can be charged with crimes relating to weapons and alcohol. 

The seriousness of the crime will determine whether the juvenile will be charged with an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony. Speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about how the law will apply in your child’s case.

The Juvenile Justice Process

In California, the juvenile justice process begins when the minor is arrested. There will be a record of the arrest and then the officer can let your child go home. They can also “cite back” a juvenile and bring the child to the police station. It’s also possible that your child will be put in a juvenile hall, which is called detention.

After the arrest, you and your child will receive a Notice to Appear.  This notice will most likely direct you and your child to go to a meeting with a probation officer. The probation officer can set consequences for the charges. Or, in serious cases, the probation officer may send the juvenile’s case to the district attorney. 

In California courts, only a judge, not a jury, will determine the sentence for a juvenile crime. These court proceedings are usually confidential.

When a Juvenile Can Be Tried As An Adult

There are certain situations where a juvenile can be tried as an adult. Extremely serious crimes, such as crimes with guns, kidnapping, carjacking, rape, robbery with a weapon, murder, or attempted murder, can all result in a child being sent to adult court.

If a child is sent to adult court and is convicted, they can then be sent to the Division of Juvenile Justice, formerly known as the California Youth Authority, until they are 18 or older. Then, they can be sent to adult prison.

Possible Penalties

There are a variety of possible penalties for juvenile crimes, and the severity of the penalty corresponds to the seriousness of the crime. Penalties for juveniles include requiring the child to go through counseling, take special classes, perform community service, pay fines, or even serve jail time.

Juvenile Crimes Attorney in Long Beach, California

Children and teenagers make mistakes, but those mistakes shouldn’t impact the rest of their lives. As an experienced California criminal defense attorney, I will commit myself to ensuring your child’s story is heard and their rights are protected during this difficult time. My firm represents clients in Long Beach, Cypress Hill, Lakewood, and nearby areas in California. Contact me today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.

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