As a parent, you may tell yourself that sometimes your child has to learn from natural consequences. But if your kid gets caught up in the juvenile justice system, you can't really stand by passively and apply that philosophy. To protect your child's future, you must act.

At the Law Offices of Derek P. Wisehart, we understand that completely. Attorney Derek Wisehart has over 20 years of criminal law experience and the proven trial skills to protect your child's rights no matter what the legal trouble is. Call us at 559-429-5630 or 800-742-6392 to learn how we can help.

What Type Of Trouble Is Your Child In?

It practically goes without saying that kids can get into all sorts of trouble. Some of the most common types include:

  • Alcohol-related offenses: For teenagers growing up in a culture of social media and peer pressure, underage drinking is a constant temptation. This can potentially lead to charges of DUI, public intoxication, alcohol possession and potentially result in losing your driver's license.
  • Sex offenses: Teenagers can face a wide variety of sex-related charges. Teenage sexual exploration can lead to unexpected criminal charges. Inappropriate texting or "sexting" of sexually explicit pictures can lead to criminal and juvenile charges as well. We can help you respond, no matter what sex charge is involved.
  • Property offenses: Offenses such as shoplifting or vandalism can get juveniles in trouble with authorities.
  • School incidents: Lots of things can happen at school. It is important to safeguard your child's rights, so they aren't violated during the school disciplinary process.

What Is Different About The Juvenile System?

In some cases, California courts can send the cases of juveniles over a certain age who commit serious offenses to be dealt with in the adult justice system. This is a process known as transferring a case to the adult criminal system. We can fight against the transfer to keep your case in juvenile.

There are also informal probation or diversion programs that are aimed at helping juveniles keep their records clean. After all, the juvenile justice system is not supposed to be based on punishment, as the adult system often is.

Get The Legal Advocacy You Need To Resolve The Issue

Visalia criminal defense lawyer Derek Wisehart has the skills and experience with juvenile cases in Tulare County to make sure your child's rights are protected. Call our firm at 559-429-5630 or 800-742-6392, or use our email form today to schedule a consultation about your situation.