There are several important differences between the juvenile justice system and the adult system. While juveniles are subject to the same penal codes, separate courts, procedures and detention facilities are used to prosecute and punish them. A juvenile can be charged with an infraction, misdemeanor or felony depending on the seriousness of the offense. Although a child is under 18 years of age, there are many factors that determine if they will be tried for their crime as a juvenile or adult. The justice system's main concern, whether the offender is an adult or juvenile, is that of public safety. While the adult justice system focuses on punishment of offenders, the juvenile system deals more with rehabilitation and treatment.
The fact that the justice systems for adults and juveniles are so varied creates the necessity of hiring a criminal defense lawyer that is fully knowledgeable and experienced in all matters concerning the juvenile system. Your child deserves an aggressive defense by a Solano County criminal attorney who has a proven record of success.
Common offenses that juveniles may be charged with include auto theft, retail theft (shoplifting), assault and battery, murder, and sexual assault, as well as assorted drug crimes. Being convicted of a crime as a juvenile is a serious matter and can adversely affect your child's future.
At the Law Office of Laura M. Petty, we give individualized attention to each of our clients. With our 20 years of experience in criminal defense, we are able to effectively defend our clients.
We are proud to serve the Solano County communities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Suisun City, Woodland, Contra Costa and Rio Vista. If you are a resident of one of these areas and are concerned about a current or pending juvenile prosecution, then please don't hesitate to contact our firm now.