If you, or your child, are facing charges for a juvenile crime in Ventura, do not assume that you are without hope or options. The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann have successfully fought on behalf of countless clients under 18 who were under investigation or arrested for juvenile crimes. With the help of an aggressive and dependable Ventura defense attorney on your side, you can avoid the devastating charges that can change the rest of your life. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call (805) 290-4932 for a free, confidential consultation. Do not wait to take action – we can help stop the devastating charges against you in their tracks.
California Juvenile Courts
Under California Welfare & Institutions Code Section 602, the juvenile court system handles two types of offenses committed by minors under 18 at the time of the offense – status offenses or delinquency offenses. A status offense is an act that would have been legal if not for the individual's age, such as driving a vehicle. A delinquent offense, on the other hand, is an act that is illegal regardless of age.
When faced with a criminal charge, a minor is not entitled to a jury trial, but will be tried by a juvenile court judge or commissioner. Depending on the severity of the crime, and whether the juvenile is older than 14 years of age, he or she may be even charged as an adult.
Crimes in which minors may be tried as adults include:
- Assault with a weapon
- Attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Sex crimes
- Hate crimes
- Use of firearm during commission of a felony
Due to the potential consequences of being convicted as an adult, it is critical for the juvenile to retain an accomplished and effective criminal defense attorney.
What are the Penalties for Juvenile Crimes?
If a minor is found guilty of a juvenile crime, the penalties may range from the following:
- Community service
- Providing restitution to the victims for less serious crimes
- Commitment to a juvenile hall, camp or ranch
- Commitment to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Ultimately, when dealing with minors and teenagers, the juvenile court system intends to rehabilitate the minor, rather than punish him or her. However, despite its intentions, many children and teens sent to rehabilitation facilities are mistreated or exposed to a violent, gang-related environment that may do anything but rehabilitate the offender.
Defending Your Future
At The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann, our exceptional legal team takes each and every case seriously and understands the special care necessary for working with juvenile clients. We believe that mistakes happen and that every child deserves a second chance. With our help, we will fight to ensure that you or your child has a fair shot at a clean record and a fresh start. Call (805) 290-4932 now to speak with a dedicated juvenile crime defense lawyer.