California Juvenile Crimes Require a Skilled, Caring Defense
When a child is arrested in California, his or her future may be at stake. You will need a highly skilled, experienced juvenile crimes defense attorney to help protect your child from being transferred to adult court and to seek the best possible outcome for your child and family.
If your child or grandchild has been arrested, please call me, attorney Scott Cadzow. I have 25 years of experience representing juveniles accused of crimes. I am available 24/7 and will respond quickly when you call. I offer a free consultation and can meet with you at either my Newport Beach office in Orange County, or my Vista office, whichever is more convenient for you. I take a special interest in protecting juveniles in the criminal justice system.
The Difference Between Juvenile and Adult Court Proceedings
Juvenile court cases involve a minor (someone less than 18 years old) who is accused of breaking a criminal law that can range from an ordinance violation to a misdemeanor or felony.
In the California court system, juveniles are treated differently than adults. The seriousness of the juvenile’s alleged misconduct and the juvenile’s age, are both taken into account in determining how and where the case should be handled, and what the result should be for the juvenile. The goal of the juvenile system is rehabilitation, rather than punishment, and in many cases this will have a significant effect on the outcome of the case.
Which court will handle the case? There are three possibilities:
- Juvenile court generally handles most ordinance violations and misdemeanor offenses for juveniles.
- Some felonies may be handled in either juvenile court or adult court. The initial decision is up to the prosecutor.
- Certain very serious crimes must be tried in adult court by law if the juvenile who is charged is over 14 years. These include murder with special circumstances, rape by force, child molesting (“lewd and lascivious acts) against a child under 14 by force or threat of injury, arson of an inhabited structure or arson causing injury, and other very serious offenses.
In juvenile court, children also have different rights. For example, they do not have the right to a jury trial or a public trial. The school system and social services may become involved. However, less serious cases (such as first-time vandalism) may lead to informal probation – not available in adult court. Clearly, you need an experienced juvenile defense attorney who knows the laws in the juvenile system.
Select the Best Orange County Criminal Attorney for Juvenile Case Defense
If your child or grandchild is a juvenile who has been charged with a crime, please contact me, attorney Scott R. Cadzow, for highly skilled and knowledgeable juvenile crimes defense help. I can meet with you at my law offices in Orange County or in Vista, whichever is closer to you. I am dedicated to vigorously defending juveniles who have been accused of or charged with criminal offenses.
I have over 25 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in Orange County and the rest of Southern California. I have the legal skills and experience needed to provide your child with the best and strongest defense against criminal charges.
I have successfully represented many juveniles, and I will do everything in my power to protect your child’s freedom. I have handled over 100 criminal jury trials, and I know how to investigate a juvenile crimes case and obtain a dismissal, or obtain a good plea bargain offer, or present a strong defense at trial.
Your child’s case is important to me. I offer a free consultation and am available 24/7. I will respond quickly when you call.
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Call (949) 697-5278