Huntington Beach Juvenile Delinquency Lawyer
Huntington Beach is not immune to juvenile crimes. The latest census shows that there are almost 40,000 people living in Huntington Beach under the age of 18. Most assume that juvenile delinquency law refers to all crimes committed by a minor under the age of 18 years. In reality, whether someone is tried as an adult or a juvenile depends on the type and severity of the crime. For example, for especially serious crimes, such as murder and rape, some juveniles can still be tried as adults. This means that they could be sent to an adult facility. Huntington Beach juvenile delinquency lawyers know, however, that most crimes committed by juveniles are misdemeanors. The fact that a juvenile system even exists in the first place is evidence there is an understanding that there is a sense of immaturity and under development that exists within juveniles and that they should not be tried the same as an adult would because of their inability to fully understand their actions and the resulting consequences. There have been a number of studies that show certain factors that contribute to a child’s growing involvement in crime or juvenile delinquency. One of those factors is having a troubled family life. Families that have negative relationships within them can contribute to juvenile crime because of how important your family is while you are young in molding you into what you become when you get older. Another factor that has been shown to contribute to adolescent crime is a lack of communication with others, such as family members or acquaintances. Not having anyone to communicate with may negatively affect a child’s confidence and self-esteem which may cause them to act out. And young people in Huntington Beach, as anywhere, often do things they shouldn’t and get themselves into trouble. This is sometimes due to drinking or drugs, such as crimes that involve possessing alcohol, purchasing it, or consuming it. Alcohol is very widely abused among the American youth with a majority of teens having at least one drink by the age of 18. The large number of adolescents that engage in underage drinking could be accredited to the presence of peer pressure or how easy it is, as opposed to other substances, to acquire it. In many cases, though, even minor mistakes can have lifelong consequences.
Our Huntington Beach juvenile delinquency lawyer believes that everyone deserves the most passionate, committed, and vigorous criminal defense possible, regardless of the crime charged. And our Huntington Beach juvenile delinquency lawyer appreciates that juvenile cases need special attention and the defendants have different needs and problems than dealing with adult defendants. These young defendants have their entire future at risk in these criminal cases and they need a strong advocate in their corner.
Our Huntington Beach juvenile delinquency lawyer has successfully defended many juvenile delinquency cases in California courts, and also works to empower young people and their families to help them stay out of the criminal system. Contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group for a free consultation about your case.