Juvenile Crimes Dedicated to Defending You, Not Judging You

Sonora Juvenile Crimes Attorney

Your Child Deserves a Second Chance

For those new to the adult justice system, legal processes and procedures are confusing enough, but usually at least somewhat familiar. The juvenile justice system, however, operates under completely different rules than the adult system, and can be overwhelming for even the most mature minor child and his or her family.

Some of the major differences between the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile courts system are that the juvenile courts offer no right to a jury trial and, if your child has been arrested, you have no right to free him or her by posting bail. Unfortunately, the differences are significant enough that confusion regarding juvenile courts procedures could result in missed opportunities to help protect your child’s rights or to get them released from custody. Our Sonora juvenile crimes lawyer has over 30 years of legal experience and can help steer your children to the right path.

Our clients have maintained a recidivism rate of less than 5% because we take the time to listen and find the root of the problem.

Common Juvenile Cases We Handle in CA

We have helped hundreds of families navigate the juvenile justice system, and get their children back on track. We understand that, as a parent, you may fear that your child may be taken from you, placed in foster care or in the home of a relative, end up in juvenile hall, or face a lifetime of educational, housing, and career related consequences.

We help by defending your child with compassion, commitment, and skill, regardless of whether your child is facing allegations of:

  • A drug or alcohol offense
  • Shoplifting
  • Assault
  • Delinquency/truancy
  • A sex crime
  • Gang-related crimes
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti tagging

We handle the defense of all juvenile charges, and we do so by investing the time to learn about each child’s unique situation. We want to know your child’s background, whether there are any extenuating circumstances, and what your child’s plans for the future are. We work with minors and alleged juvenile offenders holistically, addressing issues relating to family dynamics, self-esteem, any possible abuse or violence in the home, gang activity in the neighborhood. and any problems they may be having in school.

Our Results from Juvenile Cases

Our juvenile clients have a low recidivism rate – our presence, and our taking the time to really listen to them, is genuinely helping them get their lives back on track. While we cannot guarantee any specific result for your child’s case, you can feel confident that we will protect your child’s rights and future. Countless letters from juvenile clients and their parents detailing how we have made a difference in their lives speak to our track record of success handling these cases.

If your child needs help, call our Sonora juvenile crimes lawyer at (209) 231-6506.

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  • “Charles is one of the best in the area. When I was in trouble and needed an attorney before court he came to the rescue. My family had sent another attorney to talk to me prior to court but the ...”

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  • “Today was the end of a 3 year emotionally draining roller coaster ride centered on a mistake my son made. I can only praise God for creating the wonderfully caring human that is Charles Smith. His ...”

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  • “Charles is an extraordinary gentleman. He went above and beyond representing me and has transformed my life and the lives of those around me for the better. I highly recommend him.”

    - R.H.

6 Reasons to Hire Us

  • Over 30 Years of Experience
  • Thousands of People Helped
  • More Than 125 Jury Trials Handled
  • A Passion for Making a Difference in People's Lives
  • Former Deputy District Attorney & Former Police Inspector

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