Long Beach Juvenile Defense Attorney    1-877-212-2090
Has your child been arrested for a criminal offense?  It can happen
when you least expect it.  Your child is arrested and charged with a
criminal case or a DUI in Long Beach.  Unlike the adult criminal justice
system your loved one may sit in jail without bail until his or her next
court date, an experienced juvenile Lawyer in Long Beach can help
secure their release and keep their record clean.

All legal experts agree that an adjudication of guilt on any criminal charge
can and indeed will have long lasting consequences for a juvenile in the
state of California.  Interestingly, the AAA just completed a study that
found that an underage DUI can cost a young person over $20,000 in
increased insurance, Court costs and other ancillary expenses.

Although, it may seem like the police are interested in your child's best
interest, this is often not the case.  You see, the police are concerned only
with finding the alleged perpetrator and closing the case.  Only a Long
Beach Juvenile Defense Attorney will be interested in doing justice and
ensuring that your innocent loved one is kept out of jail and brought back
home.  Juvenile Defense Attorney Matthew Ruff has experience on both
sides of the fence, in the District Attorneys office and for the past 20
years as a defense attorney, fighting for the rights of the accused.

         Contact  Matthew Ruff, toll free 1-877-212-2090

California Juvenile law allows a Judge to remand or "detain" a juvenile if a
petition alleging criminal conduct is filed by the District Attorney.  The
law provides:  When a child is not detained, a hearing on the petition must
be held within 30 days of the filing of the petition. In accordance with
Welfare & Institutions Code Section 657(a);  and California  Rules of
Court 5.774(a). The clerk of the Juvenile Court must ensure that the
petition or notice of probation
violation hearing and notice of initial hearing are served personally or by
first class mail on the child, each parent or guardian, and any attorney of
record at least ten days before this initial hearing.  The clerk of the
juvenile court must also notify any foster or pre-adoptive  parents, any
legal  guardian, and any  relatives who are providing care whose residence
addresses become known If the child does not appear at this hearing, the
court may not detain the child solely because of the failure to appear.  If
the minor or the parent or guardian does not appear, the court must order
personal service and notice.  Service may be waived  and service on the
juvenile attorney is equivalent to service on the parent or guardian.  
Furthermore, an arrest warrant may be issued for a nondetained child
under Welf & I C §663 solely on a showing that the child’s whereabouts
are unknown. If the child’s whereabouts are unknown, personal service
of the notice and a copy of the petition will not be required.

In addition, the juvenile court must advise the child and parent or
guardian of the following hearing rights at the initial hearing :

• The right to an attorney at each stage of the proceedings;

• The right to assert the privilege against self-incrimination, which means
he or she does not need to explain what involvement they may have had
in the offense.;

• The right to confront and cross-examine those who prepared police or
probation reports or other documents considered by the court, as well as
any witness;

• The right to use the court’s process to compel the attendance of
witnesses on the child’s behalf; and

• The right to present relevant evidence.

Furthermore, in under 21 alcohol cases where the DMV sets out to
suspend a young person's license, a hearing is required as a matter of right
if it is demanded within 10 days of the arrest.

The law in California mandates that immediately on filing the petition or
notice of probation violation hearing, the district attorney or probation
officer must notify the child and each parent or legal guardian (if the
whereabouts can be determined using due diligence) of the time and place
of the detention  hearing.  Notification may be either oral or in writing.  If
Long Beach Juvenile Attorney is representing the child and has notified
the clerk of this fact, the Juvenile Court must provide notice to that
attorney in the same manner as notification to the parent or guardian.  A
legal advocate can assist in mitigating the effects that an arrest has on a
young person's record.

For instance, Juvenile Lawyer Matthew Ruff resolved an underage DUI
in a case where the police detained the individual outside a party.  The
youngster was breathalyzed and showed a .09 BAC level.  Matthew set
up a DMV hearing immediately and presented evidence that the alleged  
underage driver was innocent of the charges, Result:  Set Aside of the
suspension on the DMV license.

In many cases the child, the parent or guardian, and counsel may inspect
police and probation reports and all other documents that are filed with
the court or that were made available to the probation officer in preparing
the probation recommendation.  Once a petition is filed, the child is
entitled to discovery of these reports and any other favorable evidence or
information.  For over 15 years we have been defending juvenile
defendants in all Long Beach and Los Angeles Courts.  Our track record  
includes dismissals for robbery charges, DUI, sexual assault, attempted
rape, burglary, gang allegations, theft charges, alcohol possession, drugs,
gun possession, DMV license issues, weapons on school campus,
vandalism, battery, reckless driving, and internet crimes just to name a

If a loved one has been arrested and detained on a juvenile DUI or
criminal offense in the Long Beach Court, it is imperative to contact a
lawyer ASAP.  Our
long beach criminal lawyers are experienced in
securing the release of minors who have been locked up and held by law
enforcement.  The juvenile justice system can be cold and unsympathetic,
having a local Long Beach Juvenile Lawyer can help level the playing field

Call our Law Firm
toll free at 1-877-212-2090 for a free case review and
consultation for all juvenile criminal matters,
DUI Cases, underage
drinking, minor in possession, drug possession, alcohol charges, felony
cases, and all police detentions on school campus.  Your child's future
depends on the actions you take now.  Do not risk the freedom of a loved
one to the whim and caprice of the juvenile justice system without having
a skilled advocate on your side.

Indeed, the juvenile court system is complex and hard for the lay person
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