What You Need To Know About
Juvenile Court In California



WHAT IS JUVENILE COURT?

Juvenile court is reserved for minors that have been accused of committing a crime while under the age of 18. If the person is 18 or older when charged with a crime they will still fall under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court so long as the crime alleged to have been committed happened while that person was under the age of 18. However, if the crime began while the person was under the age of 18 but continued after the person turned 18, then that person may be prosecuted in adult criminal court. 

Note: In certain circumstances a minor may be charged as an adult and moved to adult criminal court. 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES FROM ADULT CRIMINAL COURT?

Juvenile court differs from adult criminal court in the following ways:

  • No constitutional right to bail in juvenile proceedings
  • Jury trial is not available in juvenile proceedings (if the matter is not dismissed or settled then the case is presented before a judge)
  • Emphasis is on rehabilitation rather than retribution as found in adult criminal court
  • Juvenile proceedings are considered confidential
  • Sentence is generally less severe than a sentence in adult criminal court

If you or someone you love has been charged with a juvenile crime, call Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer Ese Omofoma, to discuss your matter.

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