When a child is arrested in Orange County for a criminal offense, he or she will face a different set of procedures and penalties than adult offenders. Generally, the public understands that children make mistakes, are impressionable or easily influenced by peers. In addition, they are inexperienced in decision making and life in general making them prone to errors of judgment. Sometimes, a child is simply at the wrong place at the wrong time resulting in a arrest that may be unwarranted.
For these reasons, a parent must secure experience, knowledgeable legal representation when a child is detained by authorities for criminal investigation.
Youthful offenders may not receive the harsh penalties that adult criminals encounter, but much is still at stake for a child who has been arrested. Though the courts focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment when considering young offenders, serious consequences may occur. Even in juvenile court, a conviction can result in significant fines, confinement and commitment to juvenile hall.
Penalties and Jail Time
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice has jurisdiction over juvenile offenders for individuals up to age 25, after which a person must be tried as an adult. Under certain situations, a youth under the age of 18 can be charged as an adult.
In each case, a convicted youth in California may face:
- Probation and assignment to a supervised work program
- Out-of-home placement
- Commitment to a community services program
- Commitment to juvenile hall
Parents of Juvenile Offenders
Parents of convicted juveniles may be held accountable in the California Juvenile Justice System. The state of California considers the parents responsible for the actions of the child. Thus, a parent may face:
- Mandatory attendance to a parental responsibility program
- Community service alongside the offending juvenile
- Service to the victim alongside the offending juvenile to rehabilitate the child
- Temporary loss of custody of the child
- Payment for the expense of caring for the offending juvenile
Contact Quinn Law
Attorney Stephane Quinn will aggressively and competently work to ensure yours and your child’s rights are protected, while securing the best possible outcome. Mr. Quinn accepts cases in Orange County as well as the surrounding areas of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. Contact him today for a confidential consultation regarding your child’s specific legal needs.