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Who Maintains The State Of California’s Juvenile Justice System?

Law Office of Katie Walsh

A wide variety of different entities maintain California’s juvenile justice system.

Clarifying the most important entities that maintain the juvenile justice system and speaking with a California juvenile criminal law attorney at the Law Office of Katie Walsh will make it easier for you to deal with them and help your child obtain the best possible legal outcome.

Who Maintains The State Of California’s Juvenile Justice System?

The most notable entities that maintain the state of California’s juvenile justice system system are as follows:

  • The schools that belong to California’s school system.
  • The law enforcement officials who work in the state of California.
  • The probation department handles juvenile offenders.
  • The District Attorney works within the court system.
  • The California Youth Offender Parole Board.

Every single one of these entities plays a vital role in maintaining the state of California’s juvenile justice system.

To obtain the best legal outcome for your child, you must be aware of the specifics of each entity’s role.

How Do Those Entities Maintain The State Of California’s Juvenile Justice System?

To maintain the state of California’s juvenile justice system, the entities outlined in the previous section:

  • Suspend and/or expel the students who are thought to have committed crimes on their campus.
  • Cites, arrests, and transports – among other acts – juveniles who are thought to have broken the law.
  • Determines whether or not an alleged juvenile offender should be booked and/or tried.
  • Files, drops, or reduces charges against an alleged juvenile offender.
  • Select the appropriate treatment for an alleged juvenile offender and determine parole suitability.

Every single one of these roles is integral to the functioning of the state of California’s juvenile justice system.

If your child is being charged with an offense, you will likely need to deal with some of these entities.

Just as an example, if your child is accused of a violent assault at their school, then you may need to manage communications with the school, as well as law enforcement and the probation department, among others.

The act of engaging with these entities can be, and almost always is, confusing, complex, and challenging.

How Can You Deal With The Entities That Maintain California’s Juvenile Justice System?

The best way to deal with the entities that maintain California’s juvenile justice system is simple.

Get a lawyer and then allow them to conduct most of those interactions for you.

If you aren’t aware of how to navigate the complexities of California’s juvenile justice system or how to figure out the best way to work with each entity, then it is very easy to make mistakes.

Some of these mistakes are simple. But, others, such as your child being unaware of their rights and, consequently, failing to exercise them, can lead to serious problems.

If you work with a lawyer every step of the way, you can avoid all of these problems. 

Even more than that, though, you can guarantee that you and your child obtain the best possible legal outcome.

Speak With An Orange County Juvenile Justice Lawyer

If your child has been accused of a crime and is set to face legal consequences, then you need a lawyer.

Speak with an Orange County juvenile justice lawyer at the Law Office of Katie Walsh today, and we will help you and your child obtain the best possible legal outcome.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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SG, mother a juvenile client

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SH- mother of juvenile client

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