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How Can A Good Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer Assist Your Child?

Law Office of Katie Walsh

A good juvenile criminal defense lawyer can and will assist your child. In this article, our California juvenile criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Katie Walsh will go over the ways in which a legal professional will help your child overcome their legal woes.

What Is A Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer?

A juvenile criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in criminal defense. But, of course, that’s not all. A juvenile criminal defense lawyer is, more specifically, a lawyer specializing in defending juveniles.

Within the state of California, the juvenile justice system differs from that of the adult criminal justice system. All of these differences can make it very difficult to navigate.

Even though the outcomes of being charged as a juvenile tend to be less severe than those that arise when being charged as an adult, they can still be quite severe.

A failure to understand these legal outcomes and, more importantly, a failure to defend against them can lead to your child being given an unfortunate sentence that does not suit them.

Given the facts outlined above, a juvenile criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer who can and will assist your child in navigating the complexities of the juvenile justice system and, in turn, obtaining the best possible legal outcome.

How Can A Good Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer Assist Your Child?

A good juvenile criminal defense lawyer can assist your child in several key ways. You can find each one of these outlined right below, as well as a basic clarification of the legal outcomes they engender.

Guiding Your Child

Going through the juvenile criminal justice system is never easy; it’s complex and labyrinthine, with a variety of procedures and terms that are often quite difficult to make sense of.

A competent juvenile criminal defense lawyer will guide your child throughout their time in the juvenile criminal justice system. This allows your child to understand what is happening and what they must do to obtain the legal outcome they desire.

Creating An Effective Defense Strategy

Creating an effective defense strategy is essential to obtaining the best possible legal outcome. By creating a strategic and tactical defense strategy, your child can defend themselves and obtain the legal outcome they desire.

Just as an example, if your child has been accused of hitting a vehicle, then their lawyer will find errors/flaws in the evidence available, allowing your child to obtain a better legal outcome than they would have been given.

Protecting Your Child’s Rights

Your child has specific rights that they can and should exercise. An experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyer will make sure your child is aware of their rights and assist them in exercising them.

Outside of the above, a good juvenile criminal defense lawyer will also ensure that your child’s rights are protected and that they are not misled in a way that hurts them or their case.

If your child is unaware of their rights or does not know what they have to do and what they don’t have to do, then they can be misled. But, with the help of a lawyer, they will only do what they must do, making it easier for them to obtain the legal outcome that they desire.

Speak With An Orange County Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer 

No matter what your child is charged with, they need a lawyer. Speak with an Orange County juvenile criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Katie Walsh today, and we will assist your child in obtaining the best possible legal outcome.

Client Reviews

I hired attorney Katie Walsh to help my son when he was found with a large amount of drugs on school campus. She got us through the Expulsion Hearing, and miraculously he can go back to school at the winter semester...

AR- parent of minor client

I hired Katie Walsh to have my felony convictions expunged. She was able to expunge my record within 6 weeks of me giving her all the information. Even though technically I had a probation violation, and therefore the...

AR, criminal client

My 16 year old son was charged with possession of Marijuana, HS 11357(b). I was very concerned about what would happen to him and how this would affect his future. I contacted Ms. Walsh and she assured me that everything...

CT, parent of juvenile client

My child was charged with Felony Penal Code 597(a)- Animal Cruelty. After hiring Katie Walsh, she got the charges reduced to a misdemeanor, counseling, and 40 hours of chores at home. We come back in 6 months and the...

DH - Parent of Juvenile client

I hired Katie Walsh to represent my son on sexual abuse allegations- P.C. 288(a) and P.C. 288(b)- they were Strike Charges. After negotiating with the D.A., she got all the strike charges dismissed, and got my son...

DR- mother of juvenile client

Katie Walsh was fantastic throughout this entire process! My 13 year old son was charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor, PC 288(a) and was in juvenile hall. After hiring Ms. Walsh, she GOT MY SON OUT OF JAIL and...

EG, parent of juvenile client

My 14 year old son was arrested at school for P.C. 311 (child pornography). My son had innocent and stupid nude pictures of himself and friends on his phone. Ms. Walsh was extremely easy to talk to, and made my son feel...

GK,TK, parents of juvenile client

Ms. Walsh was a life saver when I didn't know what was going on, or how to handle the situation. My young daughter was attacked at her middle school and was seriously injured. At a time when both the school and the...

HA, mother of 13 year old Victim Rights client

I hired Katie Walsh to seal my juvenile record of PC 288(a) (lewd act on a minor), after my request had been denied by a Judge and by the Probation Department. After speaking with Probation, the DA and the Judge at a...

JW, former juvenile client

I was charged with a Felony Conspiracy charge- PC 182. After hiring Ms. Walsh she got my charged reduced to a misdemeanor right away, and now I just have to do community service and in 6 months my entire case will be...

KP, juvenile client

Ms. Walsh was like a breath of fresh air throughout this entire process. I was uncertain about the outcome, but she told me everything would be ok- and it was. She had my juvenile record sealed within 3 months of...

LR, former juvenile client

Ms. Walsh got the judge to terminate my son's probation and seal his 2 juvenile cases (Penal Code 288(a) and Penal Code 242) even though he had violated my probation by picking up a new case. By getting his record sealed...

MB- mother of juvenile client

At a very difficult time in my life I contacted attorney Katie Walsh. I am a teacher and was being harassed/stalked by a parent at my school. I wanted a Restraining Order against this person. Ms. Walsh listened to me...

MB, restraining order client

My son was charged with Lewd Conduct, P.C. 647 out of Downey, CA. After hiring Ms. Walsh, she spoke with the District Attorney, Probation, and the Judge. Even though the judge was not pleased with the offer, she was able...

MG, parent of minor

It is with sincere gratitude that I send this recommendation As a parent of a child that was arrested on a Felony Domestic Abuse charge and over 2000 miles away I had to rely on friend of a friends word that you would...

MPF, mother of criminal client

I really liked having Ms. Walsh as my attorney. She visited me in Juvenile Hall. I was charged with four counts of Robbery (Penal Code 211). This was my 8th juvenile petition. Ms. Walsh got 2 of the robbery charges...

MU, juvenile client

I was arrested for a felony Domestic charge, PC 273.5(a). After I hired Katie Walsh, my entire case was dismissed. I never had to appear in court. I felt very comfortable with Ms. Walsh- she was easy to speak with...

NF, criminal client

Katie was instrumental in helping me with a criminal matter as an advocate for me and my children when I was a named victim in a DV case. She patiently and expediently addressed all of my questions and was an invaluable...


My daughter was pulled over arrested for having a Fake ID. After hiring Ms. Walsh my daughter did not have to plead guilty- which would have affected her license status. She did community service, completed a legal...


My 14 year old daughter was involved in an assault and battery- PC 240/242, in Irvine. After hiring Katie Walsh the case was not referred to Court. My daughter was able to complete a class and the case will be dismissed...

SG, mother a juvenile client

My son was charged with possession of Child Pornography P.C. 311.11(a) - a charge I did not realize a child could be guilty of! As parents were beside ourselves when we found this out, and contacted Katie Walsh. She...

SH- mother of juvenile client

From San Diego I contacted Ms. Walsh about sealing my juvenile record in Orange County regarding a Petty Theft charge. She was always very responsive to any of my questions, and consistently kept me updated. Even though...

XL, juvenile client

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