JUVENILE CRIMINAL DEFENSE
In California, the juvenile justice system is very different from its adult counterpart. For example, juveniles are not entitled to a jury trial, but rather are tried before a judge. Furthermore, depending on the severity of the offense and other factors assessed during a “fitness hearing”, the juvenile may be placed in juvenile detention and remain in the juvenile court system, or have their case transferred to the adult court system where he/she would be tried as an adult before a jury.
Ms. Azari is committed to protecting the minors she represents as she ensures that the rights of all of her clients are fully protected. Ms. Azari also routinely negotiates alternatives to prosecution in matters involving allegations of criminal conduct by a minor. By evaluating the circumstances of each case, and prioritizing her client’s freedom and record, Ms. Azari obtains the best possible outcome for her clients. In the case of a minor, this often times means an alternative to prosecution that requires maintaining above-average grades, completing community service, and attending classes, amongst other requirements that would be required and negotiated an adult. Ms. Azari represents minors in all stages of a juvenile proceeding including:
Juvenile Bench Trials;
Deferred prosecution programs; and