Long Beach Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you are facing juvenile criminal charges in California, you need the assistance of an experienced and competent Long Beach juvenile crime defense attorney with experience in defending juvenile crimes. Call today for your free consultation. Mr. Low will give you straight answers about your particular situation.
Juveniles are defined as minors, under the age of 18. Juveniles are treated differently from adult offenders. Even though many juvenile offenses such as shoplifting, receiving stolen property, assault, etc., are comparable to adult offenses, the penalties could often be more severe for juveniles. Offenses that are unique to juveniles include breaking curfew and truancy.
There are separate courts, institutions, and rules governing the juvenile process; and generally the juvenile court system will make every effort to rehabilitate the child rather than choose incarceration. Only in extreme cases such as murder, kidnapping, arson and rape will a juvenile be tried as an adult. The courts may hold a "fitness hearing" to decide whether or not to transfer the juvenile to the adult court system. The court will base its' decision based on the following factors:
- The seriousness of the offense
- The child's criminal sophistication
- Previous offenses
- Previous attempts to rehabilitate the offender
- The court's belief that future attempts at rehabilitation will be unsuccessful
The laws may differ for adults and juveniles, but the rights do not. You must be read your Miranda rights. You have the right to have a juvenile crime defense attorney present during questioning. You have the right to know the exact charges prior to going to court. You have the right to protect yourself against self-incrimination. You have the right confront your accuser and examine any witnesses. You also have the right to appeal the court's decision. You do not, however, have the right to a jury trial in juvenile court.
If you find yourself in a situation involving law enforcement, it is extremely important to remember the following:
- You do not have to submit to a search unless you have actually been placed under arrest. If the police ask you for permission to search - respectfully decline.
- Do not resist arrest.
- Do not volunteer any information.
- Do not answer any questions other than your name, address and phone number.
- Call your parents immediately.
- Insist that your parents and an attorney be present before answering any questions.
- Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.
Most importantly, be sure you are represented by an accomplished and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Never attempt to represent yourself in court. Your rights must be protected even though you are a "juvenile". Call a Long Beach criminal defense attorney who is experienced in defending juveniles charged with crimes and has the compassion and energy to do what it takes to provide the expert representation you need to stay out of jail.