The juvenile criminal system is becoming increasingly harsh.

Not only are courts more likely to treat crimes committed by those under 18 as if they were committed by adults, but juvenile laws are also more harsh than they used to be.

For example, juvenile probation is now harder to get than before. The government has established separate courts, detention facilities, rules, procedures, probation systems, and laws for juveniles. We have years of experience working with parents guardians and those under 18.

We have defended juveniles who have been accused of numerous crimes, including the following:

  • Traffic offenses
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug possession
  • Underage possession of alcohol
  • Assault and battery

If you, your guardian or child, has been or soon will be accused of a criminal act, it’s important to consult an attorney who is familiar with the rules and procedures of the California juvenile court system. We can personally meet with you to explain how we can help you solve your child's or family member’s pending legal problem. A skilled and dedicated attorney such as Mr. Lentz can have a significant impact in a juvenile case by fighting vigorously to have the charges dismissed or coming up with creative and alternative solutions other than a youth authority commitment. Juvenile court judges have wide discretion in imposing punishment and having the right attorney represent you is often critical to the outcome of your case. Sentencing alternatives include counseling or education programs, community service or home on probation.