Concerned Juvenile Crime and Youthful Offender Attorney in Orange County
Let me defend your family
It’s always tragic when young people run afoul of the justice system. The State of California has struggled to balance the need to uphold the law with the need to divert youth from criminal behavior to more positive activities. The Law Offices of Charmaine Druyor represents minors and young adults in the Orange County area, providing personal attention and emotional support along with determined legal advocacy. For more than 20 years, our attorneys have worked to ensure that young people receive every benefit of the systems designed to mitigate the damage caused by youthful mistakes.
Defending the rights of minors in California juvenile court
The juvenile court exists separately from adult court and focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment. Our experienced juvenile crime lawyers represent Orange County area minors accused various misdemeanors and felonies, including:
- Auto theft
- Drug possession
- Sexual assault
In adjudicating juvenile offenses, the court must consider the best way to protect the community, hold the youth accountable and address the juvenile’s rehabilitative needs. As concerned juvenile attorneys, we speak for the youth, urging appropriate measures such as state diversion programs.
Resisting a transfer from juvenile to adult court
California law allows a juvenile judge to transfer a case to adult court. There, the juvenile offender faces more aggressive prosecution and stiffer sentencing if convicted. We recognize that while some juveniles are in fact hardened criminals, most are not ready for adult court, despite the apparent callousness of their offenses. We work to present the best case possible for maintaining jurisdiction in the juvenile court. That said, Charmaine Druyor has vast experience in the circuit court, so if a transfer happens, we stay with the case and see it through to conclusion.
Leniency under California’s Youthful Offender program
Within the adult criminal system, the Youthful Offender (YO) program provides alternatives for young adults whose records make them candidates for lenient treatment. If an accused person is too old for the juvenile system, but hasn’t had a previous, serious brush with the law, YO allows for supervision instead of jail time and other forms of more lenient sentencing. As advocates for young adults, Charmaine Druyor often seeks YO status for clients who can qualify.
Trust The Law Offices of Charmaine Druyor for juvenile and Youthful Offender representation in Orange County
For legal assistance in Orange County, call the Law Offices of Charmaine Druyor at 714.595.3737 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.