In California, over 1000 children each year are tried in adult court. However, juvenile crimes can often be processed, tried, and sentenced very differently than adult crimes. Criminal courts have long recognized that children, with their developing minds, cannot fully comprehend their actions and consequences in the same manner as adults.
When your child is in trouble, you need a juvenile attorney with the highest level of experience and commitment. Powers Grewal A Professional Law Corporation in Anaheim, CA, is sensitive to the needs of families dealing with juvenile crime issues. Attorneys Michelle Powers and Punam Patel Grewal know that when the future of your child is at stake, you need competent representation familiar with the juvenile justice system. Contact us today to discuss your child's case in more detail.
When a child under the age of 18 is charged with a misdemeanor or felony, the case may remain in the Division of Juvenile Justice instead of adult court depending on the nature of the crime. More serious offenses like first-degree murder or aggravated assault could cause a minor to be tried as an adult.
Recent legislation under California’s Proposition 57 has created many protections for minors that did not exist previously. Now, in order for a child to be tried as an adult, the prosecution must first petition the court and gain permission to do so.
This is important because in Juvenile Court, sentencing is typically more lenient and is designed to rehabilitate a minor and teach them how to be productive members of society (rather than treat them as dangers or threats). As such, juvenile offenders can often receive limited terms of probation, residential placement, or other rehabilitation programs as opposed to jail or regular detention centers. Juvenile records are easier to expunge, or seal, than adult criminal records, which limits the negative stigma of your child's offense for the years to come.
Meanwhile, if your child is tried as an adult, they could face more severe sentences like life in jail. The court will no longer favor rehabilitation, but will consider your child as a threat to society and this will reflect in sentencing.
If your child has been charged with a crime, it is critical to retain a skilled juvenile criminal defense lawyer who can zealously fight for their rights. Powers Grewal is a law firm that specializes in juvenile justice. This interdisciplinary field requires diverse areas of expertise, including criminal, constitutional, administrative, public benefit, disability, special education, and immigration law and procedure. Juvenile justice lawyers provide legal defense and protection of children by addressing their social welfare, health, education, and special needs. Child defendants warrant a unique legal approach, focused on compassion, rehabilitation, and planning for the future.
Juvenile justice lawyers provide legal defense and protection of children by addressing their social welfare, health, education, and special needs.
Ms. Grewal and Ms. Powers are experienced former criminal prosecutors and education attorneys who are uniquely qualified to vigorously defend your child and to steer your family through the challenges of the juvenile justice system. In addition to juvenile defense, Powers Grewal is a private law firm which also advocates on behalf of children through impact litigation and legislative initiatives, via partnerships with local and state agencies, advocacy groups, and non-profit-organizations.
Powers Grewal is dedicated to fighting for the rights of children. Our firm is bilingual and uniquely equipped to service the needs of the Spanish speaking community. We represent clients throughout Southern California, including Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire. Call (909) 243-2239 or contact the firm online to schedule your free consultation.
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