If you are under 18 and accused of violating the law, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense and be ordered to appear in juvenile delinquency court. In delinquency court you have many, but not all, of the same rights as adults in criminal courts. You have the RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY at every court appearance, the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, meaning you cannot be forced to testify or make any incriminating statements, and the RIGHT TO AN ADJUDICATION (Trial) wherein you can call-witnesses and cross-examine any witnesses who testifies against you.
A juvenile adjudication can result in life-long consequences that should not be ignored. Every child appearing in juvenile court should have an experienced, qualified, attorney who understands how the system works and who will aggressively fight to keep the young person out of the system and on track for future success.
Our Juvenile Delinquency practice is child-centered and comprehensive. Our attorney's are prepared to defend at all stages of the proceedings, from initial detention to post resolution record sealing. We understand that adolescence can be trying for children and parents alike. We are here to help. From complex accusations such as sexual misconduct and gang offenses to more common crimes, including drug possession, DUI, and traffic citations, we have the expertise to defend and protect children's rights. Whether our client is facing a felony or misdemeanor, one or multiple allegations, the attorney's at LOPAS LAW have the experience and commitment to achieve the best result, always focused on the client's individual need. At LOPAS LAW, we believe early representation and comprehensive defense of children is vital. When involved early on, our lawyers can help you develop a plan to keep your child from being locked up, remain in their school of choice, argue for dismissal of charges, and even convince the prosecution to abandon the case without filing charges. LOPAS LAW is prepared to defend you in any of the following: