Being charged with a crime as a juvenile can have an impact on your child’s entire life, including their ability to get a job or a scholarship for school. Just one poor choice can leave a permanent mark on your child’s record, preventing them from having the same opportunities as their peers and forever altering the course of their future.
Juveniles are known for making a bad decision now and then – biological studies indicate the juvenile brain hasn’t developed the capacity to fully assess risks and manage impulses. But that doesn’t prevent juveniles from being charged with crimes. Having an experienced Orange County juvenile crime attorney is the best way to ensure your child’s rights are represented and their future is protected.
In California, juveniles under the age of 18 may be charged within the juvenile court system any time they’re arrested for allegedly breaking the law or for being truant – habitually absent – from school.
In some extreme cases, juveniles can also be charged as adults and be subject to the same penalties as adults, including long periods of imprisonment. Transfer to adult court is mandatory when a juvenile is charged with murder or in the case of certain sex crime charges when the juvenile is 14 years of age or older. In other cases, it’s up to the court’s discretion to decide if a juvenile case should be transferred to adult criminal court. Some of the factors the court will use in making its decision are the seriousness of the charge and the juvenile’s prior delinquent record.
Having a skilled Orange County juvenile crimes attorney who understands the intricacies of the juvenile system is the only way you can hope to have your child avoid being charged as an adult, and the only way to ensure the strongest possible defense if the adult court trial moves forward.
Maltaise Cini is a leading juvenile crimes lawyer in Orange County, offering clients more than two decades of experience as a top-rated criminal defense attorney. Ms. Cini’s extensive experience working within the juvenile justice system in California has enabled her to develop an in-depth understanding of the underlying processes that have a direct impact on outcomes, as well as gain the respect of her peers for her fair but aggressive approach to representation.
Ms. Cini enjoys a strong rapport within the justice community that enables her to successfully guide her clients through every step of the legal process. Her attention to detail and singular focus on the unique aspects of each case she handles has resulted in many charges being dropped or reduced, even prior to trial.
If your child has been charged with a crime, minor or serious, you need the aggressive and skilled representation that can only be provided by an experienced Orange County juvenile crime attorney. Call the Law Offices of Maltaise Cini today at 949-660-1389 to schedule your free consultation and learn what she can do to help ensure your child has a bright and free future.