In the state of California, if a minor is arrested for breaking the law, it is considered a juvenile crime. There are several factors in which the court will take into accountability regarding the conviction of the minor. Here are several possibilities of penalty for a minor that breaks the law:
- The child will be put on probation and/or sent to a probation camp
- The child may be sent to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. If tried in adult court, the child will be sent to Division of Adult Operations
- The child may live with parent under the court’s supervision
- The child may be put in a foster home or an institution
If in fact the child is put into the Department of Corrections in the Division of Juvenile Justice, they will serve 30 to 90 days in the “reception center” in order to assess what treatment the child needs. After the assessment, the child will be placed in a correctional facility or a youth focused camp.
There are several reasons why a child may be charged in an adult court versus a juvenile court. The reasons are the following, but not limited to:
- Robbery with weapon
- Murder and/or attempted murder
- Arson with people inside the building
- Drug crimes
- Escaping from juvenile facility they are placed in
If the child is 16 years of age or older, the court can directly send them to adult prison if convicted as an adult for the crime committed. The child must be at least 14 years of age in order to be convicted in an adult court. There is a 3-strikes law in California which entails that violent and/or serious crimes committed will be counted as “strikes” in the future of the criminal behavior.
Parents have legal responsibilities after their minor child is arrested. There will more than likely be financial penalties that must be paid as well as restitution in order to pay for loss or damages that occurred during the time of the crime committed. A lawyer may need to be upheld as well as paid for as well to represent the child. Damages and losses can include property damage, stolen, medical bills and/or lost wages in result of the crime committed.
For all the listed reasons, it is important to have great attorneys on your side. The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong come equipped with the best lawyers in order to represent and defend the accused on all juvenile crime convictions. The talent of the lawyers is apparent due to the sensitive nature of these cases and the special attention each defendant receives throughout this tedious process.