San Diego County Juvenile Crimes Lawyer
Do You Know a Juvenile Charged with a Crime?
In the State of California juveniles (persons under the age of 18) will generally have their criminal cases heard in juvenile court. Juvenile Court, in many ways, is very different than adult criminal court. Most notably, since the juvenile court system places strong emphasis on rehabilitation – juvenile offenders are much more likely to receive a penalty:
- Serving the community’s best interests
- Serving the minor’s best interests
- Focused on rehabilitation over incarceration
The differences between adult and juvenile court, and the remarkably different approach the two courts take to sentencing, mean a minor will almost always fare better if their charges are kept within the juvenile court system, rather than be upgraded to adult court.
We found ourselves in a tough situation with our child facing a strike felony with a sentence of up to 7 years. I made several calls to find an attorney we were comfortable with but had not made a decision due to not really knowing what was to come and how fast the initial court date was scheduled from the time of arrest. We went to the first court date with a public defender and later received a call from Mr. Shapiro’s office to ask how things had gone (I had mentioned our court date the first time I called their office). When I received that call, I had plenty of questions that were answered without rush. We ended up scheduling a time to meet to discuss the case. We found out that Juvenile cases highly differ from adult cases when it comes to how they are handled, decision making, trial etc. We always felt comfortable, he worked with us on legal fees and was always very responsive whether it be emails or phone calls. We never felt brushed off. Our child was released, placed on probation and given the opportunity to have the record sealed after successful completion. We really feel that Mr. Shapiro truly cares about his clients and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing legal issues.