As someone who is facing the prospect of your child being charged with a crime, it can be an incredibly difficult and confusing time. The thought of your child being considered an adult in the eyes of the law is a daunting one, with potential serious consequences. Understanding when children can be charged as adults is crucial in order to navigate the legal process effectively and protect your child’s future.
At the Law Office of Katie Walsh, we are here to provide guidance and support for parents facing these challenging circumstances. Our team of experienced attorneys specializes in representing children charged with crimes, and we are committed to fighting for their rights and liberties. If you find yourself in need of legal representation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free case evaluation.
The Role of Juvenile Courts
In most cases, children accused of crimes are initially processed through the juvenile court system. The purpose of the juvenile justice system is to focus on rehabilitation and providing services to help young offenders get back on track. However, in certain circumstances, depending on the seriousness of the offense, the prosecutor may petition to transfer the case to adult court.
A recent decision by the California Supreme Court prohibits children under 16 from being charged as adults for most crimes. Some of the crimes for which they can be charged as adults include:
- Some sex crime
- Assault with a firearm
Children who are 16 or 17 may be charged as adults under certain circumstances. In some cases, a prosecutor may choose to file a fitness petition and have a hearing where a juvenile court judge determines whether the child is fit for juvenile rehabilitation. In the hearing, the judge will determine if the defendant is likely to benefit from juvenile rehabilitation. If the judge believe the defendant will not, the case will be transferred to adult court.
Protecting Your Child’s Rights
When your child is facing the possibility of being charged as an adult, it is crucial to have the support of an experienced attorney who can advocate for their rights. At the Law Office of Katie Walsh, we understand the complexity of these cases and the potential impact on your child’s future. We are committed to keeping cases in juvenile court whenever possible and providing a vigorous defense in every case we take.
Benefits of Legal Representation
Having an attorney by your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your child’s case. An experienced lawyer will have a thorough understanding of the laws and procedures surrounding juvenile and adult court proceedings. They will be able to strategize the best defense for your child’s specific situation, negotiate with prosecutors to seek alternative resolutions, and provide the support and guidance you need every step of the way.
Contact an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you are a parent in Orange County and your child is facing criminal charges, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Katie Walsh. We have years of experience representing children charged with crimes and are dedicated to fighting for their rights. Contact us today at (714) 351-0178 or send us an email to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. We understand the challenges you are facing and are here to provide the support and expert legal counsel you need.