Hard Times Blog

When can a Juvenile Get Tried as an Adult? - juvenile in handcuffs sitting on floor and hiding face in arms
Your child becomes a legal adult at 18 years old, but that line can get blurred in certain criminal cases … so when can a juvenile get tried as an adult? California law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to be tried as adults instead of having their cases handled by the juvenile court system, but only...
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What Crimes can Juveniles Get Tried as Adults for in California - decorative scales in courtroom
The law is very specific in answering the question of what crimes can juveniles get tried as adults for in California. But just because they can be tried as adults, that doesn’t mean they automatically will be tried as adults. There is a process. There are procedures that must be followed. Every case is unique....
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How do I find a Juvenile Defense Lawyer - two women looking at laptop together
After the initial panic of finding out your child is in trouble — when you get to the “let’s deal with this” stage — you’re likely to ask yourself, “How do I find a Juvenile Defense Lawyer?” It’s a valid question! After all, this is a specialized need that they don’t cover in any of...
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What Questions Should I Ask When Hiring a Juvenile Defense Lawyer - female attorney shaking hands with woman with scales of justice on desk
If your child is in legal trouble, you know you need help, and one of the worries running through your mind may be “what questions should I ask when hiring a juvenile defense lawyer?” We understand your worry, and we’re here to help. You want the very best for your child — and if they...
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Proper Defense Tips for Choosing a DUI Attorney in Fresno - scales of justice with attorney in background
DUI charges are scary, but you do not have to face them on your own, and that’s why we’re sharing the following tips for choosing a DUI attorney in Fresno. DUI (driving under the influence) can apply to being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. It’s a serious charge, but there is hope....
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What if My Child is Accused of a Crime - woman comforting a teenage girl
As parents, we want to keep our children safe and out of trouble, so if you’re worried about this question — what if my child is accused of a crime? — please be assured that you’ve found a resource to help you protect your child. You are not alone. We’re here to help you through...
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Most Common Sentence for Juvenile Offenders - girl crying while hugging mom
If the goal of the juvenile court system is rehabilitation, what is the most common sentence for juvenile offenders? What will happen to your child if the judge finds the allegations against them to be true? This is a common worry. It’s what keeps most parents up at night when their child is in trouble....
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What are the Differences Between Adult and Juvenile Courts - family on bench in park
If your son or daughter is in trouble, we want to help you … and the first way is by explaining the differences between adult and juvenile courts. Children are different, and even if they violate the law, they should not be punished in the same way as adults are. That’s not just our opinion....
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Should I Rely on a Public Defender for Cases Involving a Minor - gavel and juvenile law base with library and scales of justice in background
It’s scary and stressful when your child is in trouble and needs legal help, and you may be wondering something along the lines of, “Should I rely on a public defender for cases involving a minor?” We get it. After all, minors face different rules and different consequences. So you may be thinking that a...
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