Juvenile Crime

juvenile crimeLos Angeles Juvenile Crimes and Juvenile Delinquency Defense Lawyer

A conviction of a Los Angeles juvenile crime can have a devastating effect on a family. In the past, most juvenile crimes were handled informally. Presently, a juvenile conviction is a serious matter and may result in serious future consequences for both you and your family. A conviction may result in the denial or revocation of a driver's license, denial of employment, schools refusing to give financial aide, and eviction from public housing. This can occur even if the offense is a minor one such as possession of marijuana. Juvenile courts have jurisdiction to hear cases of minors between the ages of 10 and 17 years old.

Additionally, a child will be either be placed on probation, imprisoned in a probation camp, sent to a juvenile prison and, in more serious crimes, the juvenile could be tied as an adult and sent to prison. Los Angeles juvenile criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut believes that your child needs an aggressive defense. An attorney who will fight for your child's rights, and if the judge is going to impose a consequence, then counseling and rehabilitation should be imposed rather then imprisonment.

Juvenile criminal defense can vary significantly. It is very important to have each case evaluated individually by a Los Angeles juvenile crime defense attorney at the Kraut Law Group. Our Southern California juvenile crime attorneys will review the specific facts of your son or daughter and will evaluate the best way to defend your child.

If your child has been arrested, charged, or is under investigation for a juvenile crime, you should consult with a juvenile crime defense attorney immediately. There could be alternatives that the prosecution is willing to consider other than filing a criminal case. It may be that your child was at the wrong place at the wrong time, or was nearby when another child committed the crime. It is important that you do not wait to hire a criminal defense attorney.

Juvenile cases are unique in that they can be dismissed at any stage of the proceedings by either the police, juvenile intake officer, prosecutor or the judge. Therefore, it is imperative to hire a Los Angeles and Southern California juvenile crime defense attorney as soon as you learn of the arrest or investigation of the minor so that charges, if filed, can be dismissed as soon as possible.

A juvenile crime is either a felony or a misdemeanor. The consequences may be very different. A strong and aggressive defense can make the difference. Filing a charge as a felony can result in very harsh and significant penalties.

In some cases, felonies committed by a juvenile may be filed as an adult. If that happens, then the case will be handled in adult court. These types of cases are usually reserved for the most serious of charges or in the case of a juvenile with a serious criminal record. The decision to file the case in adult court is determined by the prosecutor and the judge. Having an aggressive juvenile defense attorney can make the difference in convincing a judge or District Attorney to keep the case in juvenile court. Several factors are considered in determining whether to file the case in adult court. These factors include:

  • The severity of the crime and whether it was accomplished
  • The degree of criminal sophistication in committing the crime
  • The chance that rehabilitation rather then punishment will work
  • The previous criminal record of the juvenile

If the prosecutor determines the case will be filed in adult court then the juvenile case, if filed, will be dismissed. The case will now be filed in adult court as though the minor was an adult. The punishment in these cases can result in the juvenile being sent to the California Department of Corrections juvenile facilities called the California Youth Authority. A juvenile can be housed at the CYA until they are 25 years old. If they have more time on their sentence then they will be transferred to an adult prison to complete their sentence.

Juvenile crimes may include:

At the Kraut Law Group, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut strongly believes that your child deserves a second chance and a strong aggressive defense. Hiring a Southern California juvenile crime defense attorney from the Kraut Law Group will give your child a fighting chance and a winning defense in their juvenile crimes case.

Attorney Michael Kraut understands that this is can be the most difficult time for both you and your family. He will defend your child as if they were his own. If your child has been investigated, arrested, or charged with a juvenile crime, then you should contact Los Angeles juvenile crime defense attorney immediately at (323) 464-6453 or (888) 334-6344.

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Michael Kraut is outstanding! He genuinely cared about my case and instructed my mom and I throughout the entire process. He was very clear on what he needed in order to receive the best results. He kept us updated until the end. I thank him so much for getting my charges rejected. I highly recommend him to anyone with legal needs! Shaquan
I contacted Michael with concern for my personal and business reputation. He was very reassuring and confident the entire time. After about 3 weeks it was determined that no charges were being filed by any agency and I was in the clear of any investigation. One thing that is amazing is just how FAST Michael is at replying to phone calls, texts, and even emails! We are talking under 30 minutes in most cases. That is unheard of for most attorneys! Michael is incredible and not your typical run of the mill attorney. For best results hire him if you feel like you might be under investigation or could face charges. Even if you know you are innocent it is best to take care of the smoke before it becomes a fire. Brad
Michael Kraut is-hands down-the best criminal defense attorney and I can't begin to thank him for all that he did for me and my family. I reached out to him in the middle of the night and less than a couple hours later, he had gotten back to me and scheduled a meeting. He's a no-nonsense attorney who knows how to get the job done! From the second we retained him, I had peace of mind in knowing that we were in the best hands possible. If Michael Kraut couldn't get it done, I knew that it couldn't be done at all. You can't put a price tag on your freedom. He was worth every single penny. Lida
Michael Kraut is an outstanding attorney. He was extremely professional, and straightforward, yet sensitive with my case. I am confident I made the right choice by hiring Michael. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a truly experienced lawyer. Daniel
Michael Kraut - I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for ​my son. When I came to you I read that you used to be a district attorney but I never knew how much that meant until I watch you in court. I knew it took 3 months but the final day when I heard the judge say that all charges were dismissed it was all worth it! I will always be grateful for all that you did for us. A.N.