Know your child's rights.
Juvenile Law is controlled by the Welfare and Institutions Code. When your child is arrested and brought before a judge, a petition is filed and the ultimate goal is rehabilitation for the child. When your child makes an admission to the charges in juvenile court, it is called an adjudication and not a conviction. Even though most juvenile proceedings are confidential, having your child admit to any charges filed against him or her can have drastic consequences that could affect him or her for years to come. That's why it is important to know exactly what is happening in court with your child. The courts and the legislature are finally starting to realize the juveniles are not the same as adults and should be treated accordingly. We can help to make sure you understand the juvenile process to make sure your child gets the best possible outcome.