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Santa Clarita Juvenile Crime Attorney

Helping to Defend Your Child’s Future

If your child has been arrested and is now facing criminal charges, it can be a hugely stressful and traumatic experience. The consequences of a conviction have the potential to follow a young person for years and dramatically alter the course of their entire lives. No matter how major or minor the charges may be, our Santa Clarita juvenile crime lawyer is committed to providing tenacious defense for your child.

Reach out to the Law Offices of Mario Valencia today to schedule your initial consultation. We are prepared to fight to protect your child!

Juvenile Criminal Defense

The criminal justice system for minors differs from that of adults in several significant ways. Juveniles, for example, do not get a jury trial. Instead, their case will be decided by a judge. The burden of proof, however, is the same for minors as it is for adults – to achieve a conviction, a prosecutor must prove the juvenile’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Bringing in an attorney who is well-versed in juvenile crime cases as early as possible is crucial to giving your child a chance at a favorable outcome.

Some of the most common crimes charged to juveniles include:

  • Liquor law violations
  • DUI
  • Drug possession
  • Shoplifting
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Burglary

More serious felony crimes committed by a juvenile can be filed as an adult charge, meaning that they will be tried as an adult and face adult consequences should they be convicted. The prosecutor and the judge in these cases are generally in charge of deciding if this should happen, and having a determined lawyer on your side can make all the difference in ensuring the case stays in juvenile court.

There are multiple factors which a judge will consider when deciding whether the case should be tried in adult court, such as:

  • The existing criminal record of the minor in question
  • The degree of sophistication present in the crime
  • The likelihood of rehabilitation being successful
  • The severity of the crime

Committed to a Thorough, Unyielding Defense

When it comes to your child’s future, there is little room for error. You need a Santa Clarita juvenile crimes lawyer who is prepared to act swiftly and decisively to ensure that the charges they face can be reduced, or even dismissed entirely. Don’t let a youthful indiscretion define your child for the rest of their lives.

Call us today at (661) 338-6455 to speak to an attorney with your best interests at heart.

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