Juvenile Defense

Fresno Juvenile Defense Attorney

Defending Against Juvenile Charges in California

Individuals under 18 years old who face criminal charges are usually sent to juvenile court, where the emphasis is on rehabilitation rather than punishment.

What many people don't know, however, is that minors age 14 or older can be tried as adults and face lengthy incarceration when facing criminal charges for:

  • Sex crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • And other serious offenses

If your child has been charged with a crime, it is important to retain the services of a Fresno criminal defense lawyer who has extensive experience handling juvenile cases. Your child's long-term future is too important to place at risk by using an attorney who only dabbles in juvenile criminal defense law.

We focus on keeping juveniles out of the adult criminal justice system. Call (559) 206-2322 for a Free Case Evaluation

California Juvenile Justice System

At Schweitzer & Davidian, our Fresno defense attorneys routinely represent young people caught up in the juvenile system. We are well-versed in California juvenile crime laws and court proceedings.

Juvenile courts divide cases into two categories:

  • Status offenses deal with less serious actions that are a crime because of the person's minor status. Examples include possession of alcohol and driving a motor vehicle without a valid license.
  • Delinquency crimes are more serious offenses that would be crimes whether the person arrested is a child or an adult.

Cases tried in juvenile court are decided by a juvenile court judge rather than a jury. Additionally, in juvenile cases, there is no such thing as bail. An initial hearing is held to determine whether a minor must remain in custody or can be released to his or her parents.

Contact Us Today

At Schweitzer & Davidian, we have in-depth knowledge of juvenile criminal defense law. We understand the high stakes involved, and emphasize clear communication with the juvenile and his or her family throughout the case.

For immediate assistance, contact our Fresno criminal defense team. Call (559) 206-2322 for offices in Clovis and Visalia.


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Why Put Schweitzer Davidian on Your Side?
  • Hablamos Español
    Spanish cases are welcome! Our firm provides bilingual legal services to accommodate the needs of our ESL clients.
  • A Client-Centered Firm
    We put our clients first above all else. You can feel confident knowing that we only take cases in which we know have a fair chance at justice.
  • Experienced Trial Attorneys
    Combined, our founding legal team has over 25 years of trial experience on the front-line, proving that we are more than qualified for your case.
  • 100% Devoted to the Accused
    Any defense attorney who claims to be a former prosecutor is a hypocrite. We have always known what side we are on - your side.