Sacramento Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer
Aggressively Protecting the Rights of California Minors
A person of any age can commit a crime. However, the laws are different for minors. Children under age 7 cannot be tried at all, while children between the ages of 8 and 15 are often tried in juvenile court. While at juvenile court, a prosecutor can decide whether to file charges, handle the crime off the record, or dismiss the case altogether.
Even if the issue is handled off the record, the officer or judge can still dole out appropriate punishment. At the very least, the minor will receive a lecture. The judge may also order community service, probation, counseling, or restitution to the victim, if applicable. In any event, it is important to have a Sacramento juvenile criminal defense attorney on your side to see that you benefit from defense strategies that work.
Prosecutors take the following into consideration when deciding whether or not to file charges:
- The minor's age
- The severity of the crime
- The evidence against the minor
- The minor's attitude
- The minor's past criminal record
- The parents' ability to control the minor
- Whether the minor has an attorney
Keep Your Child's Reputation Intact
A crime committed by a minor can be a big deal. Technology has made it easy for universities and employers to check an applicant's background and any derogatory marks can ruin a minor's chance of success.
If your child faces criminal charges, you need aggressive representation. The Law Office of Jonathan Gonzales can help. When we go to trial, we win. Don't let your child lose out when they have made a mistake. Don't make another by refusing assistance from a top Sacramento criminal defense attorney.
Has your child been charged with a crime? Let our firm help you by calling (916) 318-5177. We offer free consultations for all new clients.