Ventura Juvenile Crimes Attorney
Has Your Child Been Charged with a Crime?
As a parent, being told your child has been charged with a crime can be
extremely disturbing. Some juvenile crimes are age specific, such as smoking,
truancy, gang involvement, driving without a license, and drug and alcohol
use. Many other crimes that juveniles are charged with are the same ones
that adults are arrested for, such as robbery,
burglary, murder, sexual assault, physical assault, rape, auto theft, possession
of a deadly weapon, and drug crimes. If your child is a minor, he or she
will most likely be sent to a juvenile court. Though the emphasis in this
court is more on rehabilitation as opposed to punishment, depending upon
the crime and prior criminal history, your child could be facing jail time.
If your child has been charged with a crime, I am committed to keeping
him/her out of juvenile hall through strong
criminal defense, and at home in your care. I will fight to get the charges dismissed so
that your child does not have a criminal record that will affect him/her
adversely when starting out in life, pursuing a career, or attending college.
I have many years of experience with the laws, procedures and language
used in juvenile court, and will use that knowledge to provide a strong
defense for your loved one.
The Juvenile Justice System
Prosecutors in this state are tough on juvenile crime. Proposition 21 increased
penalties for juvenile offenders, ended informal probation for minors
who were convicted of felonies, and created harsher sentences. It stated
that juvenile offenders over the age of 14 could be tried as adults, and
that if the youthful offender is over the age of 18, he or she would serve
their sentence in the adult criminal justice system. As a former district
attorney, I know the strategies the prosecution will use to try to convict
your child. It is my belief that juveniles should be tried as juveniles,
with the emphasis on helping your son or daughter get their lives back
on track, and realizing their true potential as individuals, family members,
and as contributing members of society.