Children often test the boundaries set by their parents. These children can present great concern to their parents. A juvenile delinquent is a child under the age of 16, but older than 7, who commits an act which would be considered a crime if he or she were older.
Juvenile delinquency cases are heard in Family Court as a ‘fact-finding hearing’. There is no jury involved. If a finding is made against the child, a ‘dispositional hearing’ will be scheduled by the judge. In addition, the Probation Department will investigate the child’s home and school behavior.
Ensuring that your son or daughter has aggressive representation in Family Court proceedings is crucial. Contact an Orange County Family Law attorney who has experience in this field and can protect your child’s rights by trying to avoid confinement or other consequences.