Juvenile Crimes

Marin County Juvenile Crimes Attorney – Protect Your Child’s Future

Juvenile Defense Lawyer for Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, Greenbrae & all CA

If your child has been detained for committing a crime, you likely have many concerns and questions about how to best protect them and their future.  Depending upon whether or not your child has been in trouble before and the facts of their case, your child may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges.  In the most serious cases your child may even be charged as an adult.  Give your child the best chance for a favorable outcome by hiring an experienced attorney with knowledge of the juvenile system.

Regardless of the level of charge, your child needs an experienced Marin County juvenile crimes attorney who understands the system and is dedicated to fighting to protect them and their future.  With experience both as a defense attorney and a former Marin County Deputy District Attorney, I,Ryan Albaugh, have the knowledge and experience necessary to defend your child and guide your family through this difficult time.  In well over a decade of work on both sides of the law, I have handled cases involving a wide range of juvenile crimes, including:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Drug charges
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism
  • Underage drinking
  • DUI
  • Weapons charges

As you may expect, many of the cases I have handled involved kids who are in trouble for the first time.  This is because good kids can make bad decisions.  In today’s culture of peer pressure and confusing role models, children are bound to make mistakes. When a lack of judgment leads to trouble, your child’s future is in jeopardy.

Experienced Novato Juvenile Defense Lawyer – Protecting Your Child’s Future

I have seen firsthand the lasting effects a juvenile conviction can have on a child’s future. Contrary to popular belief, a conviction in juvenile court can result in serious consequences and a record that extends beyond your child’s 18th birthday. Juvenile court convictions can lead to life altering penalties for children and their parents. Depending on the nature of the offense, juveniles face incarceration, fines and restitution, community service, mandatory counseling and probation.  In some circumstances a juvenile conviction could affect your child’s ability to get a job or be admitted to college.

These serious consequences demand a serious defense. That is why I take the same aggressive approach to defending juvenile clients as I do adults.  By thoroughly investigating the events and actions of the police officers, I search for inconsistencies in the evidence and deviations from proper police procedure. This information can be invaluable during plea negotiations with the prosecutor and during trial.

In some cases, especially if it is a first offense, I may be able to help your child avoid a conviction through deferred prosecution or other alternative programs. Of course, I will help you and your child explore every option available to avoid the penalties of a conviction.  I also recognize that you as the parent may have concerns about your child’s behavior (drug or alcohol use, anger issues, etc.), and can try to help your child address such issues in the ultimate resolution of our case.  My goal is to protect your child’s rights and future, and in the process give them the best tools and resources available to mature into the best adults they can be.

If your child is facing charges in Juvenile Court, call an experienced Marin juvenile crimes lawyer at 415-578-7374 or e-mail me today for a free initial consultation.