Although it can be hard to imagine, some crimes are committed by juveniles. In cases involving a juvenile crime, a separate system of justice can be used to try, judge, and sentence the offender. The system can actually vary from the beginning, however.
After your child has been arrested and referred to juvenile court, the most important thing to do next is seek the help of a professional lawyer. At The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates, our Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense lawyers can represent your child and protect both of your rights. Contact us today to get started.
Even if the evidence is stacked against your child and it seems certain that they did commit a crime, they may not actually have to go through formal courtroom proceedings. Depending on the severity of the alleged offense and your child's age and criminal record, a juvenile court intake officer can choose to use informal proceedings. This process is much less intensive, does not typically place a mark on your child's record, and often includes sentences of paying fines or completing community service.
Formal proceedings are carried out much like traditional cases, including plea bargains, adjudicatory hearings, and more. Unlike "adult trials," your child will likely be permitted to return home in between court sessions. If your child is found guilty of a delinquent act, they could be sentenced with counseling, confinement in a juvenile detention facility, and fines. It is important to note that the child's parent will be held responsible for any punitive fees.
Any person 14 years or older can be processed in adult court. Your child, even though legally a minor, will be viewed and treated as an adult. This means that they could be facing steep fines and time in prison, not a juvenile detention facility. Although it is rare for a minor to be tried in adult court, it can happen in cases where the criminal accusation involves:
At The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates, our Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense lawyers do not believe that one mistake or false accusation should destroy your child's future and your own finances. For more than 20 years, we have been trusted advocates for the accused and their children. Through our hard work and dedication to our clients, we are proud to say that we have accrued an impressive list of client testimonials and successful case results.
To discover the difference we can make for you and your child, call us today and request a completely free case evaluation.