The Law Office of Kristi Peariso, P.C. provides experienced criminal defense to clients
in Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Thousand Oaks,
Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Goleta, Isla Vista, Malibu, Ojai, Carpinteria,
Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Port Hueneme, Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and Los
Angeles County, California.
In California, criminal offenses that are committed by minors under the age of 18
are handled in the juvenile court system. Juvenile court operates differently than
adult court, and therefore requires a defense attorney experienced specifically in
representing juvenile cases. Under juvenile law, juveniles are not entitled to a
jury trial. A judge is the one who hears the evidence and decides whether the juvenile
is guilty or not guilty. There are rare instances when this does not apply.
An allegation of a juvenile crime can have a devastating effect on your child's reputation,
education and future employment. Each Juvenile case needs to be examined by an experienced
juvenile lawyer to determine if it can be dismissed and be removed from your child’s
record. If this is a first offense, the courts in Ventura County have programs designed
for certain first time offenders which will ultimately result in dismissal of your
child's juvenile charges. Your child may also be eligible to seal or expunge their
juvenile case. Contact the Law Office of Kristi Peariso, P.C., to discuss your child’s
case in a free initial consultation.
The following are some examples of juvenile crimes in Ventura County:
In some cases, a judge or prosecutor may push to have a juvenile tried as an adult
for their crime. You need to avoid this so your child does not face the same penalties
that an adult would – such as imprisonment in state prison or other serious penalties.
At the Law Office of Kristi Peariso, P.C., I aggressively defend minors charged with
a felony crime. This includes charges of robbery, assault and battery, drug offenses
or any other crimes the district attorney believes to be serious. I have extensive
experience handling high-stakes criminal cases and will explore all possible options
in pursuit of the best possible results.
Contact me by calling 805-620-0322 to schedule a free initial consultation at my
office located in Ventura California. I offer flexible scheduling and provide exceptional