In California, many cases sprout up over the course of a month that involve children. When it comes to criminal defense cases, you might see a lot of cases that revolve around juvenile delinquency vs. dependency. These cases have moved to an all-time high over the past few decades. Because of this, many judges might have more cases than they bargained and might not be able to touch base on every case that pops up in a short amount of time. Today we want to focus on the juvenile delinquency and dependency cases that might pop up, and why it matters to get the best results for your family.

Juvenile Delinquency vs. Dependency 

When it comes to juvenile delinquency cases, they revolve around minors who are between the ages of 10-18 who have committed a crime. They will go through an adjudication process where they will receive a disposition and sentence. Juvenile cases get started by a prosecutor, who filed a civil petition and charges the delinquent. The court will then rule on what they believe to be a ‘just’ and fair punishment.

Juvenile dependency cases are a lot different. Many children in these cases will arrive to court when their parent or guardian has not been taking care of them. The court has to make a difficult decision to remove a child from a home or not. Many people believe that these cases go hand-in-hand with juvenile delinquency cases, because sometimes case workers are alerted to issues at hand when crimes have become prevalent. Though this is true, they are also very different as you can now see.

If you are dealing with a juvenile-related case and need a good defense team on your side, look no further than the Law Office of Peter Blair for the help you deserve. We care about the outcome of your case and want to hear from you.