Protecting Your Child From Criminal Charges
When a minor is accused of a crime, they typically proceed through a unique criminal justice system that has been tailored for juveniles. Even if the crime seems minor, any criminal conviction can have a drastic impact on your child’s life, education and future career. To ensure that they are protected, turn to us at the Bay Area office of Philip A. Schnayerson, Criminal Defense Attorney.
Attorney Philip A. Schnayerson has more than 30 years of experience defending clients from criminal charges, including juvenile charges. He is a certified criminal law expert, which renders him an insightful and knowledgeable advocate throughout the defense process.
Handling All Types Of Juvenile Crimes
We have experience defending juveniles against all manner of serious crimes, including:
- Underage drinking
- Driving while intoxicated (DUI/drunk driving)
- Assault and sexual assault
- Theft and shoplifting
We tailor our representation to suit the charges your child’s unique situation and how we can best protect their rights in and out of court.
How Does The Juvenile Justice System Work?
While minors (persons under the age of 18) typically go to juvenile court, this is not always the case. They may be remanded to adult court if the charges warrant that avenue. If the case stays in juvenile court, it is important to note that the goal of the juvenile system is not to punish. The goal is to help the juvenile get back on the right path through many means, including counseling and incarceration. This may seem overwhelming and frightening. However, with our firm on your side, you can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to defend your child.
The following may occur as part of the juvenile case after a formal charge has been filed:
- Arrest, if determined by the responding officer
- Citation, if the officer determines that the situation does not warrant arrest
- Detention hearing, if the minor is in custody of law enforcement
- Arraignment hearing, if the minor is not in custody
- Jurisdiction hearing, which is the trial that occurs
- Disposition hearing, when the sentence for the conviction is handed down
Schedule A Free Initial Consultation
For more information on juvenile crime cases or to discuss your child’s specific situation, call our Hayward, California, office at 510-887-7445 or contact Philip A. Schnayerson, Criminal Defense Attorney, online. We offer free initial consultations.