Santa Rosa Juvenile Crimes Law

By October 2, 2015 August 31st, 2020 JUVENILE CRIMES

Juvenile Crimes can be a serious criminal offense. If your child has been charged with a Juvenile Offense, in an effort to protect the minor’s future, you need to rely on an experienced and aggressive Santa Rosa juvenile criminal defense lawyer who has a thorough understanding and familiarity with the law and local courts and how the probation department works.
Right now you are probably filled with fear, you have a million questions and you are not quite sure how to proceed. Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC can evaluate your case and provide you with the knowledge and experience that is crucial when defending your loved one against juvenile criminal charges.
A juvenile offender is generally described as a person under the age of majority (under the age of 18 in most states) who commits any specific act prohibited by law. While it is understood that certain acts such as theft, vandalism, gang related charges, fighting, robbery, assault, murder, etc. are obviously against the law, juveniles are also subject to additional laws such as truancy laws and curfew laws.   Just as importantly, a juvenile conviction may affect a young adults ability to get a driver’s license and that has many far reaching implications.
If you or a loved one are suspected of committing a juvenile crime in Sonoma County and are confronted by police, you must remain calm and invoke your rights. Even though you are a juvenile, you have rights that must be protected.
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Remember the following rules:
If you have not been arrested, you do not have to submit to a search.
Do not resist arrest.
Respectfully decline to answer any questions and do not volunteer any information regarding the incident.
Insist that an attorney be present before answering any questions.
Insist that your parent or parents be present before you answer any questions.
Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.
The California juvenile criminal process is unique and there is a separate court system for juvenile offenders.
There are also different categories of juvenile offenders which include:
Juveniles remanded to superior court: These categories are for offenders that have committed crimes that, if they were adults, would be criminal. These are crimes such as robbery, theft, assault, shoplifting, etc. Juveniles who have committed very serious crimes such as rape, arson, murder, etc. may be transferred to the adult court system to be tried as an adult.
These categories are for offenders who have committed less serious crimes or crimes such as truancy, breaking curfew or incorrigibility and, if they were over the age of majority, would not be considered illegal.
Under the juvenile court system, a judge will hear the case and pass sentence. Most judges will generally make every effort to rehabilitate, educate and counsel juvenile offenders rather than incarcerate them, but under extreme cases, the courts may hold a “fitness hearing” to determine whether or not the case will be transferred to Superior Court where you may be tried as an adult.
During this initial phase, it is crucial that you have an experienced Santa Rosa juvenile crime defense attorney present who knows and understands the juvenile justice system and can convince a judge that you or your loved one should remain under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.
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Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will employ an aggressive defense and can often reduce or dismiss the charges against you or in the alternative, negotiate a favorable plea-bargain and or alternative to juvenile incarceration, such as community detention, electronic confinement, et al.
If your case remains in juvenile court, you will have an opportunity to enter a plea or proceed to an adjudication hearing (trial). Your trial consists of a judge only – there is no opportunity for a jury trial. If, after a trial, a judge concludes that the charges are true, you will be sentenced.
In many cases, a conviction will not automatically lead to detention in a juvenile facility. There are many forms of alternative sentencing that may be available to you. Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will make sure that all alternative sentencing options are presented to the judge.
Given the complexity of criminal defense in general and juvenile cases in particular, it is vital that you choose a California criminal defense attorney who combines many years of experience with a good track record, a thorough understanding and familiarity with the law and the local courts, and a commitment to each and every client.
If you have you been accused of a juvenile offense, your time to get the right experienced criminal defense attorney is limited.
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Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC has successfully represented hundreds of clients since 1992 charged with juvenile crimes throughout the State of California. We pride ourselves on aggressive representation with a personal touch.
Armed with the knowledge and experience to build a winning defense, our attorneys are accustomed to taking on the criminal justice system and achieving the best results for our clients.
Call us today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507. We serve clients in Sonoma County, Marin County and throughout the entire North Bay.
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