Juvenile Offenses

A criminal conviction can have a profound effect on your child’s future and self-esteem. A qualified juvenile criminal defense lawyer can help to minimize the impact on your child’s life. The law firm of Greenberg & Greenberg provides compassionate legal advice and aggressive representation with extensive experience in San Bernardino & Riverside juvenile law.

San Bernardino & Riverside Child Defense Attorneys

We practice in all juvenile courts of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties.Contact our child criminal defense lawyers for a free consultation to discuss how we can limit the consequences of an arrest.

Types of Juvenile Criminal Charges

We provide juvenile defense for all misdemeanor and felony offenses, including:

  • Marijuana possession and other drug crimes
  • Assault and battery
  • Breaking and entering / burglary
  • Shoplifting and other theft
  • Crimes in school (vandalism, assault)
  • Juvenile sex crimes
  • Drunk driving and traffic crimes
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Weapons offenses

Juvenile Court and Being Tried as an Adult

For most offenses, a youth under age 18 will be tried in Juvenile Court. For certain violent crimes or high-level felonies, a hearing is held on whether they will be tried as an adult.

On conviction in Juvenile Court, the child may be incarcerated in Juvenile Hall, sentenced to a “boot camp” or treatment program, or released to the custody of parents or imprisonment in the Division of Juvenile Justice. Sentencing depends on the nature of the crime, criminal history, and other factors considered by the judge.

Juvenile trials are rare. We make every effort to get charges dismissed, by challenging physical evidence, witness statements, and violations of the juvenile’s rights in traffic stops, arrest, search and seizure, or police interrogation. We are also skilled at negotiating a plea to lesser charges that avoid Juvenile Hall detention. For first offenses and many other cases, we can plea bargain for probation, restitution, fines or community service. At a later date, we can petition the Juvenile Court to have records sealed or expunged to avoid implications for employment or college applications.

Contact a Juvenile Defense Lawyer Today!

We offer more than 40 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Our San Bernardino & Riverside juvenile defense attorneys are also former district attorneys who know how to gauge the strength of the prosecution’s case and strike the best deal with the least consequences for your child.

Contact Greenberg & Greenberg today for a free juvenile defense consultation. You can reach us 24-hours a day at (951) 274-0003.

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