If you are involved in a juvenile delinquent case, you may want to enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney. In most cases, when a minor is accused of committing a crime in California, they are to be tried in the juvenile delinquency system. In more serious cases, the law sometimes allows for a minor to be charged as an adult in criminal court. If the prosecutor is attempting to charge a minor as an adult, they will sometimes make a juvenile fitness motion. This means that the judge must now decide if the minor is fit for juvenile court, or they are to be transferred to adult criminal court. This is usually done on cases that are particularly more serious or violent. If someone you know is in juvenile court and has faced a fitness motion, you may want to enlist the help of an experienced delinquency lawyer as soon as possible.
RepresentYou is a State Bar of California-certified lawyer referral service. Our panel member attorneys all have a minimum of 20 years experience practicing law, full malpractice insurance, and no disciplinary action from any bar association. The average person probably does not fully understand their their rights as a minor, but a knowledgeable attorney will. If you are involved in a juvenile delinquency case, contact RepresentYou now and we may be able to help connect you to an attorney today.
Juvenile Delinquency Attorney
Juvenile court proceedings occur when a minor has allegedly committed a crime. The violation can include anything from a relatively small misdemeanor to very serious felonies up to and including murder. In California, the welfare and institutions code 602 is used to identify juvenile justice proceedings. Most of the juvenile delinquency cases begin with an alleged crime and the use of law enforcement officers to apprehend the suspect. Following the initial violation, the law enforcement officers may decide what the next step is for the minor depending on the circumstances of the particular situation.
If involved in juvenile court, the prosecuting attorney may file a Fitness petition or a fitness motion. If this happens, the minor could face increasingly more serious penalties. The rules governing the fitness hearing method vary greatly by state. This is why it would be good idea to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. RepresentYou holds its panel member attorneys to very high standards to ensure we offer impeccable legal counsel. If you or a loved one are involved in a juvenile delinquency case, contact RepresentYou now and we may be able to help connect you to a trial-tested, experienced lawyer today.