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Helping Defend the Legal Rights of Minor Children

As a parent, you want to vigorously defend your child’s rights when he or she is accused of a juvenile crime. Go to court with an experienced juvenile delinquency lawyer at your side, and together we will defend the rights of your child. Our tenacious defense and compassionate service will combine to ensure that your child’s record and rights are protected.

Contact The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson for comprehensive representation. Our Walnut Creek juvenile delinquency attorneys can be reach by dialing (925) 900-5330.

If your child has been arrested, the first thing you need to do is find out why he or she was taken into custody and what needs to happen for the child to be released. An interview with a probation officer will happen immediately. This meeting (usually done by phone) is critical.

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Following an Arrest

Following the arrest of a juvenile, a law enforcement officer has the discretion to release the juvenile to his or her parents or take the child to juvenile hall. The county probation department (the agency responsible for the juvenile hall), has the discretion to accept and “book” the child or not – in which case, the disposition of the juvenile is left to the police. Because most of California’s juvenile facilities are overcrowded, juvenile halls may accept only the most violent juveniles – and turn away most other children arrested on lesser crimes.

Juvenile offenders face many possibilities, including:

  • juvenile corrections
  • detention
  • probation

Don’t let your child face these consequences alone. Under California Penal Code §26, children under the age of 14 are not recognized as having the ability to “commit” a crime, so their cases are treated differently by the juvenile courts. But the child will still be subject to the Juvenile court, and can either be given probation, a light sentence, or the harshest penalty: removal from the family to a Juvenile Hall or Ranch.

It is critical you have an experienced juvenile law attorney at your side to advocate for the rights of your child, the best interest of your child, and the compassion to argue to get your child home or keep him or her out of custody. Your child has the right to a lawyer before being questioned – and to protect his or her rights.

Juvenile Criminal Court

Although most juveniles can be arrested for committing crimes like adults, the penalties and laws for handling juvenile crimes are different than (adult) criminal court. The two most significant differences between juvenile and adult courts are:

  • Children arrested for a crime under the age of 18 cannot be “released” on bail
  • Juvenile court hearings are heard by a judge or commissioner; children have no right to a jury trial

Juveniles can be arrested for either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the type of crime. For crimes involving violence, crime at school, sexual assault, gang activity or use of weapons, a juvenile can be charged as an adult (if over the age of 14 in California) and be tried in adult court with adult penalties.

If your child has been detained or accused of a crime — but hasn’t been charged yet, you need IMMEDIATE representation for that child. In some cases, we may be able to prevent formal charges from being filed, or work to find a less harsh alternative.

Contact our office by completing our online contact form or dialing (925) 900-5330 today.

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    Peter Johnson, Esq.


    Peter has 25 years of trial experience, has negotiated thousands of cases and has defended clients in a wide variety of jury trials. While many lawyers avoid the inside of a courtroom, as a litigator, that’s where Peter Johnson feels most comfortable. Let him put his considerable trial experience to work for you.
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    Carin L. Johnson, Esq.


    The majority of Carin’s 25-year practice is focused on juvenile law. As a parent, she is very dedicated and compassionate about representing parents’ rights in juvenile court. When the system accuses a parent of abuse, it is an extremely serious accusation. Let Carin put her considerable experience to work for you.
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    Jesse S. Gill, Esq.

    Senior Associate Attorney

    Jesse S. Gill is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Johnson and Johnson. Jesse started clerking with at Johnson and Johnson fresh out of Law School and has been with the office since September of 2011. The primary focus of Jesse’s current practice is Juvenile Dependency, Family Law & Criminal Defense & Appeals. Jesse is licensed to practice law in California (State Court) as well as the Northern & Central Districts of California (Federal Court).
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    Traci L. Whittemore, Esq.

    Associate Attorney

    Traci L. Whittemore Associate Attorney joined The Law Office of Johnson & Johnson in early 2021. Traci has over 10 years’ ...
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    Christina Summers

    Legal Administrative Assistant

    Christina Summers became part of the Johnson & Johnson team in February of 2018 as an Office Clerk. She’s now transitioning to a Legal Administrative Assistant role for both sides of the firm for Peter and Carin Johnson. Where there is a diverse task, she is eager to take it head on. She’s a person of passion and curiosity; she prides herself in follow-through and patience.
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    Katherine Rodriguez


    Katherine Rodriguez graduated with a degree in Legal Studies also receiving her ABA approved paralegal certification from ...
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