Juvenile Crimes

Bay Area Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer

Strong & Compassionate Legal Defense for Juvenile Crime Offenses

Many people think that juvenile crime is not a big deal. There is a misconception that crimes committed as a young person do not count toward your permanent record and, as a result, a convicted minor will have the same future opportunities as everyone else. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Tens of thousands of young people are charged with crimes in California every year, and juvenile convictions count as strikes under California’s Three Strikes law. Adult courts may also look at juvenile case results when making probation and sentencing decisions.

It is possible to seal a juvenile record for less serious convictions if the child fulfills his or her sentence and stays out of trouble for a specified period of time, but this does not happen automatically. You must request a judicial order.

Take juvenile charges seriously by choosing a criminal defense lawyer in Bay Area who is committed to protecting your child’s rights and future prospects. We believe everyone deserves a second chance. Let us help your child through the legal process.

Don’t leave your child to face the prosecutors alone. Contact Buenaventura Law Firm at (650) 727-6508 today.

Fighting For the Rights of Minors Tried as Adults

In California, there are specific crimes that prosecutors must try in adult court if the accused minor is 14 years or older. For minors charged with murder and accused of personally killing the victim or with sex offenses that include force, violence, or threat of bodily harm, prosecutors are required to try the case in adult court. Charges that fall under Section 707(b) allow prosecutors the option to try a case in adult court based on the circumstances of the case.

Some of these offenses are:

  • Arson causing great bodily injury
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping for ransom
  • Carjacking
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Assault with a firearm
  • Discharge of a firearm into an inhabited building
  • Manufacturing of a controlled substance

Your child’s future should not be left to chance. Choose a Bay Area criminal defense lawyer with the skill and experience to provide a forceful defense. Attorney Ray Buenaventura defended a 14-year-old on murder charges—the youngest person ever to be tried as an adult for murder in San Mateo County—and the trial resulted in a hung jury. Trust us to be your child’s advocate.

Contact Buenaventura Law Firm at (650) 727-6508 for an aggressive and compassionate juvenile defense attorney in Bay Area.

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