Santa Barbara Juvenile Crime Defense Attorney
About Juvenile Crime Defense
Nothing is worse for a parent than to find his or her child's future is in jeopardy because of a thoughtless act. Defense of a juvenile is very different than the legal system an adult faces. If your child has been charged with a crime in Montecito, Isla Vista, UCSB, Goleta and Carpinteria, Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP have the experience you can depend on in your fight to protect your child's rights. A Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney at our firm understands that a single mistake can have a negative impact on the rest of your child's life.
Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer in Santa Barbara
Mark Lessem, Jeremy Lessem and Joshua Newstat have helped numerous families throughout Montecito, Isla Vista, UCSB, Goleta and Carpinteria to avoid a number of future difficulties by correctly evaluating the prosecution's case. Having 50 years of combined criminal defense experience allows us to swiftly isolate areas of weakness and flaws in the prosecutor's case and exploit these to have charges dropped, dismissed or lessened. Mark Lessem helped to develop and implement one of the nation's first juvenile justice drug court programs which has helped thousands of young offenders receive the treatment and rehabilitation they deserved instead of being incarcerated. A Juvenile crime defense lawyer at our firm will fight to keep your child from being prosecuted as an adult and kept in the juvenile system which is more properly geared to using education and rehabilitation to produce a valuable member of society.
Juvenile crimes can be categorized as misdemeanors of felonies. Youthful offenders under the age of 17 are typically handled by the juvenile court. In cases involving violent crimes such as battery, manslaughter, and murder cases depending upon the age of the accused, the state can move to have the offender tried as an adult. A criminal defense lawyer at our firm is fully experienced in operating in both court systems which could make all the difference to your child's future.
If your child has been charged with a crime, contact a Santa Barbara juvenile crime defense lawyer who is ready to take immediate action.