Prevent Criminal Charges From Harming A Juvenile’s Future
Young people under the age of 18 are still learning and developing. They sometimes make unwise choices that negatively impact their lives. But it is not fair for a choice that someone makes as a minor to affect them for years to come.
An arrest, criminal charge or conviction can have a long-term impact on a minor’s life. At the Law Office of Brandon S. Naidu, we work with juveniles and their families to help them navigate through the juvenile justice system, achieve favorable outcomes and put them back on a path to success.
Common Juvenile Criminal Offenses
The juvenile justice system prioritizes treatment and rehabilitation over punishment. That said, minors can still face severe penalties for criminal infractions. Some common offenses that juveniles face include:
- DUI and DWI
- Underage drinking
- Drug charges
- Larceny, burglary and theft
- Disorderly conduct
- Sexual offenses
No matter our clients’ charges, we have a proven track record of getting our clients’ charges dropped or reduced and of attaining lighter sentences.
The California Juvenile Justice System: What To Know
The justice system for minors under the age of 18 is far different from the system for adults. A juvenile court officer will either:
- Dismiss the offense
This means that the court will not impose any penalties on the juvenile.
- Handle the offense informally
In this scenario, the juvenile must appear in juvenile court and could receive a formal lecture from the judge or be required to go to counseling, participate in community service or pay restitution.
- File charges for a juvenile offense
The most severe offenses may result in formal charges. Essentially, the state is charging the minor with a crime. It is crucial to have a lawyer to negotiate a plea deal, or if necessary, represent the defendant at trial. In rare cases, the court may even sentence a minor to placement in a juvenile detention facility.
Protect Your Child’s Future
The Law Office of Brandon S. Naidu is here to help you get your child’s future back on track. Schedule a consultation with us by calling 619-736-2743 or by using our online contact form. We serve clients in the San Diego metropolitan area.