Juvenile Crimes Criminal Law Attorney Serving Throughout the East Bay Area

Walnut Creek Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Los Angeles County Juvenile Defense Attorneys

The juvenile court typically handles crimes committed by juveniles under 18 years of age. Children and teenagers charged with crimes are referred to these special courts which are separate from adult criminal courts. The purpose of juvenile courts is also to rehabilitate, counsel, and educate children, while the purpose of adult criminal courts is more likely to be punishment.

Minors may still be subject to

  • The California Youth Authority and incarceration
  • Obtaining certification from the adult court
  • Detention in a local jail
  • Probation periods that are long and restrictive

Juvenile offenders should be given the chance to learn and grow. Whenever possible, Law Office of Thomas F. McKenna's juvenile defense attorneys seek alternatives to the California Youth Authority in order to minimize long-term consequences and negative impacts of juvenile crimes. Probation, drug school, traffic school, and good behavior programs can be included.

Contact my Walnut Creek law office by calling (925) 744-8404 and set up a free consultation to discuss your legal needs.

Defense For Minors in Walnut Creek, CA

If your son or daughter has been arrested for a felony, misdemeanor or probation violation, the Law Office of Thomas F. McKenna in Walnut Creek can help. My firm has helped families throughout Oakland and the Bay Area to get through the juvenile criminal process and provided a second chance for countless young people.

Juvenile Crimes Can Ruin a Young Person’s Future

If not taken seriously and dealt with properly, juvenile charges have the potential to ruin your son or daughter’s life. 

I have over 30 years of experience in defending young people in juvenile court against charges including:

  • Underage drinking, disorderly conduct, tagging and vandalism
  • Theft, including shoplifting and burglary
  • Traffic violations including speeding, racing or DUI/drunk driving, as well as auto theft
  • The possession or distribution of drugs including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines (meth), and other illegal substances
  • Violent offenses, including weapons charges and assault
  • Sex crimes

The Approach I Take When Defending Juveniles

When defending juveniles, my first objective is to work with the prosecution, probation office and other community service resources to identify a program of counseling or treatment that will best address my client’s behavioral or substance abuse problems. I can usually present the court with a proposal for intervention, supervision, and reinforcement that your family and the prosecution can both support.

In very serious cases, such as those involving sexual assault, a young defendant faces the prospect of trial as an adult. In these cases, I will fight to protect your son or daughter and keep the case in juvenile court.

Protect Your Child’s Future — Contact The Law Office of Thomas F. McKenna Today

Every juvenile criminal case has its own facts, and I develop my defense strategies with the unique circumstances of each young person and family in mind. 

With thousands of cases handled in areas ranging from DUI/drunk driving to assault, I have a unique perspective not shared by other defense lawyers. I am highly respected in the legal community for my extensive knowledge of criminal law and client advocacy, and I have an outstanding reputation for aggressive yet compassionate advocacy on behalf of my clients. Judges, deputy district attorneys, public defenders, and court staff often refer me cases.

Contact my Walnut Creek law office by calling (925) 744-8404 and set up a free consultation to discuss your legal needs.

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