If your child has been arrested, you may not know what to expect. After all, juvenile criminal matters are different in a number of ways. For one thing, there is only one juvenile court in San Diego, so children from South to North County all have their cases heard at the San Diego Juvenile Court near Children’s Hospital on Meadowlark Dr.
Another big difference from standard criminal procedures is that minors are usually detained in one of two locations, Juvenile Hall -next to the Juvenile Court or in East Mesa near the Mexican border. Unlike adult prisoners, they will not be detained in a county jail.
When they are brought in for their detention hearing, the juvenile court equivalent of an arraignment, they cannot receive bail. The hearing must occur within 48 hours, excluding non-court days, of the minor being detained. If the prosecution fails to file a petition charging the minor within 48 hours of detention, then the minor is automatically released to his parents.
Before the detention hearing, the probation department will prepare a report making recommendations to the judge whether to release or detain a minor. The judge ultimately has the final say in the matter and his opinion will be based on both the defendant and the crime in question.
Juvenile hall is a scary place for a minor to stay and no parent wants their child locked away, especially before their guilt has even been determined. Aside from being comforting to both you and your child, having your son or daughter released will help your San Diego juvenile lawyer further investigate the case and better prepare your child for the actual trial. That is why it is so important to contact a skilled San Diego juvenile attorney as soon as your son or daughter has been arrested so you can get him or her out of detention as soon as possible for everyone’s benefit.
It is essential you contact a San Diego juvenile crime lawyer with ample experience in this court system as so many rules are different from the adult courts. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free initial consultation with San Diego juvenile crimes attorney Peter M. Liss at either of his two San Diego locations, please call (760) 643-4050.
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