Police in Whittier arrested a teenager for theft who was reportedly carrying a small refrigerator, which officials say, he stole from a preschool. According to a news report, a witness told police that the boy was carrying the appliance from Hadley Preschool to a nearby residence. Police took the boy in to custody outside his home and returned the refrigerator. Police say other property has also been missing from the school and that they are in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the boy’s residence.
Juvenile crimes in Los Angeles are just as serious and significant as adult criminal charges. The only difference is that juvenile offenses are adjudicated in juvenile courts, which are closed to the media and the public. Juvenile proceedings are closed and the identities of the juveniles are protected. However, that does not mean juveniles are treated with kid gloves or let off easy. The penalties can be severe. Punishment for juvenile crimes could involve lengthy incarceration and can also have a significant impact on your child’s future. An adult criminal conviction could go on his or her permanent record.
If your son or daughter has been charged with a crime or violation of the California Welfare & Institutions Code, it is extremely important that you contact experienced Los Angeles juvenile crime defense attorneys, who will protect your child’s rights and make every effort towards a positive outcome. If your child has been detained, whether your child has been charged with a serious gang crime or a relatively minor offense, please call Los Angeles juvenile crime defense lawyers, Sitkoff & Hanrahan at 866-299-4111 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.