When a juvenile (someone under the age of 18) is arrested or cited for a crime in San Diego County, there are several things that could happen. First of all, the case will normally be sent to the Juvenile Probation Department. Probation will determine the gravity of the offense or determine whether or not this juvenile case should be sent to court. In other words, just because a juvenile is arrested or cited does not mean that he or she will end up being charged with the crime in court.
The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich to everything we can to keep a juvenile’s case outside of the courtrooms. We much prefer directing a case through probation than through the District Attorney’s office because it benefits the juvenile.
Probation can handle the case informally. They can help juvenile get through hard times through programs and counseling. This informal procedure may last for up to 6 months. After that, the case will be terminated.
If you have a son or daughter who has been cited or arrested for committing a crime, make sure you talk to a San Diego criminal defense lawyer who understands the court procedures for juveniles. They are very different than those that apply to adults. Call us with any questions you might have at 888.280.6839. We are happy to help. You can also go to our website at www.wklaw.com.