Things You Should Know About Juvenile Law
If your son, daughter or adolescent loved one is accused of a crime, speak with an attorney before talking to the police. Even if you qualify for a court-appointed attorney, it is wise to discuss your case with a juvenile defense lawyer before deciding on your child’s best course of legal action.
When you schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Katie Walsh, there is no obligation to hire our team. When you hire Katie Walsh, she starts working on your case immediately to assure the best possible outcome for your child.
Remember, a juvenile court conviction is not considered “criminal,” so it should not be available to colleges and employers. However, you should still seal your child’s record to ensure that their future is not tarnished by poor adolescent decisions. For assistance with the record-sealing process, call (714) 351-0178 or request confidential help online.
Important Information About Your Child’s Juvenile Court Experience
- Arraignment: A formal reading of the criminal complaint in court to inform the defendant (child accused) of the charges against them. An attorney will enter a “not guilty” plea. This is the same process in juvenile court if your child is not in custody.
- Detention hearing: This is your child’s first court date if they are in custody. At the detention hearing, a juvenile judge or referee will make a determination about whether to detain or release your child, pending adjudication of the charges.
- Pre-trials: A pre-trial occurs after an arraignment or detention hearing. The attorneys from both sides (prosecution and defense) discuss possible resolution to the case and determine whether there should be a discussion of outstanding information related to the case. This is called the “discovery process.” Often, pretrial discussions are held with the judge present.
- Trial & adjudication: If a case cannot be resolved before trial, it will be adjudicated in juvenile court. In adult court, a trial can be held in front of a jury or a single judge. In juvenile court, since proceedings are confidential, the adjudication is conducted solely in front of a judge.
Contact The Law Offices of Katie Walsh About Your Child’s Juvenile Case
After your son or daughter is accused of a crime, the first call you make should be to a qualified juvenile defense lawyer. As a former prosecutor familiar with adult and juvenile justice personnel, Katie Walsh is committed to protecting your child and defending their freedom with compassion and skill.
Before hiring Ms. Walsh, you’ll have a chance to meet her during a free legal consultation. Get help now: call (714) 351-0178 or connect online using our secure contact form. Learn more about the Law Offices of Katie Walsh and her areas of criminal defense practice by clicking here.