Rights as a California Juvenile
Juveniles enjoy many of the same rights as adults, including the right to remain silent and refusal to answer questions posed by law enforcement officials. Juveniles also have the right to have an attorney present during police questioning, as well as the right to have a parent present upon request. Finally, juveniles have a right to privacy in their bedroom and closed containers — a tool box, for example, or a makeup kit in the bathroom.
Keep in mind that even if a parent says it’s okay, law enforcement officials cannot enter and/or search your closed containers.
Common Juvenile Cases
Attorney Jeffrey B. Hayden has extensive experience representing California minors, particularly with cases involving vandalism, assault, theft (petty, grand and auto), drug abuse, alcohol-related offenses, gang violence, weapon charges, and drug possession/distribution.
Take Charge of Your Future
Unfortunately, California juveniles do not have the right to bail. Decisions regarding release and detention are under the discretion of California judges. That said, if your child has recently been charged with a juvenile offense, he or she has the same right to fight the charges as any adult. Their future may be on the line, so don’t go down without a fight. Jeffrey B. Hayden, Attorney at Law will do everything he can to protect their rights and future.