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Defending Juvenile Crime Charges in Los Angeles County
No subject is more delicate in criminal justice than an allegation against a juvenile. While Pat spends most of his time in adult court, he has a passion and pays special attention to juvenile cases. Everyone under the age of 18 that is charged with a crime in California is subject to a different set of procedures and rules, and no one knows those rules better than former juvenile prosecutor Pat Carey. As a certified criminal law specialist, Pat dedicated an entire year of service to the juvenile justice system as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
While there, he assisted juveniles and their families with the difficult task of navigating a juvenile charge. Pat handled fitness hearings, adjudications, and every other aspect of juvenile cases for an entire calendar year. As a defense lawyer, he uses that insight to make sure his clients receive the most fair result while making sure the charges do not have a lasting affect on a child’s future.
Call the Law Offices of J. Patrick Carey today at (310) 695-1118 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our juvenile defense lawyer in Torrance!
Common Juvenile Charges in California
In California, juveniles can face charges ranging from minor crimes such as underage drinking and petty theft to more serious offenses such as drug possession, burglary, and assault. Depending on the severity of the crime, some juveniles may even be tried in adult court. Juveniles are still protected by certain rights regardless of the charge they are facing, including the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It is vital for young people in California to understand their rights if they are charged with a criminal offense and seek experienced legal representation.
What are the Penalties for Juvenile Crimes in California?
Juveniles found guilty of criminal offenses in California may face various penalties, typically based on the severity of the crime and the juvenile's prior record. Penalties generally include fines, community service, probation, or even incarceration. It is important to note that juvenile punishments focus more on rehabilitation and reform than adult criminal sentences. Even if a juvenile is found guilty and sentenced to jail time, they may only serve part of their sentence before being released back into their community.
When Will a Child Be Tried as an Adult?
In California, juveniles may be tried as adults for serious crimes, including murder and felony sexual assault. Generally, if the juvenile is at least 16 years old when charged and is charged with one of these offenses, they may be tried in adult court. In some cases, a prosecutor can also request that juveniles aged 14 or 15 be tried in adult court for certain serious offenses. Juveniles tried as adults face adult penalties for their crimes, so it's important to have experienced legal representation if a child is facing criminal charges.
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As a family man himself, Pat takes pride in guiding not only his juvenile clients, but their family members who are going through the difficult time with their child. Do not rely on a non-expert when it comes to your child’s future.
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“Found Pat to represent me on a case after I made a dumb mistake. I was completely clueless. Pat made is so much less stressful and most of all he negotiated a deal that ended up getting my case dismissed.” - Kristin B.
“Pat helped me with a troubling legal situation. He made a very stressful process stress-free and was always available to explain each step of the process.” - Thomas B.
“He is exceptionally talented and knows his way around a courtroom better than most lawyers I’ve met. Pat is smart, aggressive and results oriented.” - Alan J.