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From the time they are born, until we are in our grave, we worry about our children. The last thing we want to see for them is to close the door on opportunity because they were convicted of a crime.

It is important to understand the distinction between criminal proceedings and juvenile proceedings. Juveniles are not charged with nor convicted of crimes. A juvenile “admits” an accusation in a Petition brought by the Prosecution. The proceedings in which juvenile charges are handled are civil proceedings, not criminal as in adult cases. Despite this difference, juvenile convictions can still result in severe penal consequences such as Prison time (California Youth Authority (CYA), Jail time (Juvenile Hall or the Ranch), fines, counseling and probation.

Based in San Jose California, the Juvenile Crimes Defense Attorneys at Roberts | Elliott Law Corp. have been defending minors charged with crimes since 1981. If you or your child are contacted by the Police or School officials regarding a criminal offense or investigation, you should consult a Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney immediately. In many cases, excercising the minors constitutional right to “remain silent” is advisable. An experienced Juvenile Defense Lawyer will help make these and other important legal decisions on behalf of the minor and their family.

Our Bay Area Juvenile Defense Lawyers have the experience, resources, and a proven track record of success in defending juveniles. For more detailed information about why you should retain us, please visit our About Us page.

Aggressive San Jose Juvenile Defense Lawyers

With over 35 years of criminal defense experience, our Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyers at Roberts | Elliott Law Corp. understand how to defend minors who are facing criminal charges. We can also help juveniles clear their prior criminal record, by filing a Petition to Seal and Destroy their California Juvenile Record. (Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 781). These petitions to seal may be filed once the juvenile reaches the age of eighteen (18), or if five (5) years has passed since the jurisdiction of the juvenile court has ended. Juveniles who suffered a conviction for a “Serious or Violent Juvenile Offense”, after they turned 14, may not be eligible for record sealing.

The following are some of the most common charges filed against juveniles:

  • Underage Drinking – including underage drinking, public intoxication
  • Drunk Driving (DUI) 
  • Zero Tolerance (BAC .01) DMV License Suspensions
  • Theft – including car theft, grand theft and petty theft (shoplifting)
  • Drug Possession – including possession of narcotics, marijuana, crack-cocaine, methamphetamine (crystal meth), ecstasy, and other illegal drugs
  • Marijuana Crimes –including simple possession of Marijuana, possession of Marijuana for sale and transportation. Also driving under the influence (DUI) of Marijuana and other Drugs
  • Assault/Battery including fighting (bar-fights or fights with acquaintances), sexual assault (including date rape)
  • Graffiti
  • Weapons Charges
  • Curfew violations
  • Loitering
  • Drunk in public
  • Minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol or drugs
  • Graffiti
  • Sex Crimes
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • Internet Crimes
Contact Our San Jose Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyers

Call to schedule a Free Confidential Consultation with our experienced Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyers by calling us at 408-275-9800 , e-mailing us , or filling out our intake form on our Contact Us page.

You can also obtain some general information about criminal law, juvenile offenses, or the criminal process, by visiting our Criminal Information page, our Criminal Law Information page, and our Criminal Trial Process page. We are here to help you.