Juvenile Offenses

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've got to act.

At the Law Offices of Derek P. Wisehart, we understand that completely. Attorney Derek Wisehart has the knowledge of Tulare County's juvenile court system and the proven litigation skills to protect your child's rights no matter what the legal trouble is. Give us a call at 559-429-5630 or 800-742-6392 to learn more about how we can help.

What Type of Trouble Is Your Child In?

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

  • Alcohol-related offenses: For teenagers, in a culture that makes so much of alcohol as a social lubricant, underage drinking is a constant temptation. This can of course also potentially lead to charges of DUI.
  • Sex offenses: Hormones act on teenagers in all sorts of ways. From allegations of date rape to questionable texts known as "sexting," the chances of brushes with the law are ever present. 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 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 "certification."

But there are also informal probation or diversion programs that are aimed at helping juveniles keep their records clean. After all, in general, 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 today to schedule a consultation about your situation. Or, if you prefer, fill out our e-mail form.