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How Does Bail Work In The State Of California’s Juvenile Criminal Justice System?

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A variety of differences separate California’s juvenile criminal justice system from the adult criminal justice system. Some of these differences center on bail and the ways in which bail works.

Going over the way bail works in the state of California’s juvenile criminal justice system and speaking with a juvenile criminal justice lawyer at the Law Office of Katie Walsh makes it easier for you and your child to obtain the best possible legal outcome.

What Is The Juvenile Criminal Justice System?

Right before we can define the , we must define what the justice system is. With this in mind, the justice system is a term that refers to the establishments, institutions, and agencies that administer and enforce the law.

There are a great many establishments, institutions, and agencies that comprise the overall justice system. This same fact pertains to the juvenile criminal justice system: a wide variety of establishments, institutions, and agencies comprise it.

Just as an example of the above point, there is the Juvenile Court System, and then there are various juvenile halls where juvenile offenders can be forced to serve their sentences.

Other establishments, institutions, and agencies exist, all of which operate on their own rules and principles. Due to the complexity of these legal forces and systems, navigating them without the help of a lawyer is unwise.

How Does Bail Work In The State Of California’s Juvenile Criminal Justice System?

Within the adult criminal justice system, bail is the money that a particular defendant pays so that they can be guaranteed to show up to court later. But, if they do not go to court, then the court can keep that money as security.

Even though bail is a crucial facet of the adult criminal justice system, it is not a facet that comprises the juvenile criminal justice system.

Rather than relying on bail to determine whether or not a juvenile offender can be released back to their home, the juvenile court system relies on detention hearings that must occur no more than forty-eight hours after an arrest.

A detention hearing is a legal hearing in which one of two decisions is considered and then chosen by the court:

  • Releasing the juvenile offender back to their home and family.
  • Keeping them within the system until the trial concludes.

Both of these outcomes are possible. A variety of factors can lead the court to lean more toward one choice as opposed to the other.

What Factors Affect The Results Of A Juvenile Offender’s Detention Hearing?

There are several considerations that can and will affect the results of a juvenile offender’s detention hearing. Some of the most notable of these are as follows:

  • The alleged offense.
  • The seriousness of this offense.
  • The criminal history of the offender.
  • The parent’s ability to provide a good, stable environment.
  • The juvenile offender’s overall conduct.

If, for example, an offense isn’t particularly serious and the offender has no criminal history, then they may be released. But, if the offense was quite serious and the offender has a criminal history, then they may not.

Speak With An Orange County Criminal Justice Lawyer

Your child is entitled to a detention hearing no more than forty-eight hours after their arrest. 

For more information and for legal assistance, please connect with an Orange County criminal justice lawyer at the Law Office of Katie Walsh, and we will assist you and your child in obtaining the best possible outcome.

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