Effective California Juvenile Defense Lawyers
JUVENILE COURT DEFENSE
Our Southern California Juvenile Defense Attorneys represent children facing juvenile court proceedings as well as school expulsion hearings. We have successfully handled more than 1000 Juvenile cases. Our juvenile defense lawyers represent children facing misdemeanor and felony charges.
In some instances, we can resolve a case without having to go court. We have also been successful in convincing the prosecuting agency to allow certain crimes to be handled informally.
When a child is arrested by police, the arresting officer can cite the child for a future court date or have the child taken to the police station for finger printing,and to be photographed, and either released to the parent or taken to a nearby juvenile hall.
In Los Angeles County, the juvenile halls are Eastlake juvenile hall, Sylmar juvenile hall and Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. The Juvenile Prosecutor has 48 hours (not including weekends, holidays, to file a juvenile petition against a detained child. If the case is not filed in a timely fashion, the court must order the child released while the case no matter how serious the charges may be.
At the initial court date known as the arraignment, the judge will set dates for further court proceedings. If the child is detained, the court also have a detention hearing also. During the detention hearing, the court will determine whether the child should be held for further court proceedings or whether to have the child released while the case is pending.
At the pretrial in Los Angeles County Juvenile Courts, the judge will have the benefit of a a preplea probation report which contains a social history of the child. Many judges call this the preplea date. This preplea report also contains a sentencing recommendation for the court. The probation officer who writes this report will inform the court about the child's social history, including informaiton about the parents, and any mental health issues. This preplea report will also have recommendations about sentencing.
The recommendations may range from home on probation, suitable placement, camp, or prison at DJJ otherwise known as the Department of Juvenile Justice (formerly California Youth Authority.) Although the report is merely a recommendation to the court, it does carry some persuasive weight and should be taken seriously. This means that the parents and child should arrive at their designated appointment place on time and bring all the requested items. In addition, there are other important things to know when preparing for the probation meeting.
Because of Proposition 21, certain offenses will stay on a child's record forever. This means that when the child seeks meaningful employment as an adult, certain criminal charges may show up during a background check. For these reasons and others, it is important to get a highly experienced juvenile defense lawyer to represent your child.
Many people ask if a private lawyer is better than a public defender. The real issue when evaluating a lawyer is the experience the attorney has. There are many private lawyers who lack the experience and knowledge to provide effective legal representation in juvenile court. Therefore getting a well known criminal defense lawyer who is well known in adult court may not translate into success in a juvenile court room. The rules and procedures are different. There is no right to a jury trial and no right to bail in juvenile court. Our juvenile lawyers possess a high level of knowledge and experience to provide effective juvenile defense.
Each stage of the juvenile court proceedings are critical. Having an experienced juvenile defense lawyer to represent your child could make a difference in the outcome of the case.
We have successfully handled more than 1000 juvenile cases. We handle all juvenile cases in the state of California. If your child has been arrested in the County of Los Angeles, contact our Juvenile Defense Lawyers can help you today. If you have been arrested in the County of Orange, contact our Orange County Juvenile Defense Lawyers today.
If your child has a school expulsion hearing for an alleged violation of education code section 48900, our education lawyers have the experience and knowledge to provide effective legal representation. Many school districts do not follow the necessary legal requirements to expel a student. First and foremost, you need to understand that most school expulsion hearings are comprised of hearing panel members that are often colleagues of the school trying to expel your child. They are often comprised of retired principals, administrators and district personnel. Very rarely will you have counselors or teachers on the panel. They are often paid by the same school district trying to expel your child so there is an inherent conflict of interest. Also they often use student witness statements against your child but the education code does not require the school disclose the identity of the witnesses. This puts you at a disadvantage. However, an experienced school expulsion lawyer can successfully win these hearings. Our education lawyers can help you today.
George Kita is a former juvenile deputy district attorney. He has handled more than 1000 juvenile cases. He is a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He is only juvenile defense attorney that has received an award from the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Call him today. You may reach him at (626) 232-0970.