Bakersfield Juvenile Crimes Lawyer
Information on Juvenile Crimes Charges and Penalties
If your child has been charged with a crime it can be a frightening and confusing experience for everyone involved. While the Juvenile Justice System does vary from the Adult Justice System, circumstances surrounding the offense may allow your child to be tried as an adult. Jurisdiction over juvenile offenders falls under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act which strives to regulate, punish, rehabilitate and prevent future offenses of the juvenile delinquent.
While the Juvenile Justice System may appear more lenient, it is still a very serious situation and the attorney at our firm is ready to help you through this difficult time. Contact a Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer today to find out more information on what the best course of action is if child is being faced with a criminal charge.
Common Types of Juvenile Offenses
Juvenile crimes cover a vast array of offenses. Some offenses may be chargeable offenses simply because the offender is a minor such as underage alcohol consumption, driving without a license, truancy and running away from home. Serious juvenile crimes fall into three main categories:
Crimes against property where force or the threat of force is used to take someone else's property
Drug crimes involving sales or possession of illegal narcotics
If your child has been involved in any of these crimes the court may take into consideration the juvenile's age, how serious the crime was, and any criminal history to determine if the juvenile should be tried as an adult. If convicted as an adult your child may be sentenced to adult prison. It is vital to act quickly to obtain the services of a skilled Bakersfield criminal offense attorney.
Contact Humphrey & Thompson Today
At Humphrey & Thompson, we will immediately get to work to craft an aggressive, forceful defense to help you in obtaining the best possible outcome. Our decades of experience will be utilized in examining every detail of your case to ensure you are receiving the best defense available. Our goal is to be there for you to assist you with your legal needs during this difficult time. We are prepared to take immediate action to protect the rights and future of young people facing criminal charges of all types.