Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyers for Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley Courts

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Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP, is a top-rated Los Angeles juvenile criminal defense firm. Our criminal defense lawyers have been helping minors arrested for Drug Offenses to obtain superior results for over 50 years in Southern California juvenile courts. When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive reliable and aggressive representation in and out of court. That is why our juvenile defense law firm has been rated year after year as a Top 5% U.S. Pre-Eminent Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell, a national Lawyer Review Service.

In California most drug crimes are prosecuted vigorously and most are classified felonies, even when possessed for personal use. Drug investigation officers frequently use sting operations and informants to make arrests for drug offenses involving methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, LSD, PCP, and the possession of medications without a prescription such as Valium, Codeine, and other painkillers. Other seized narcotics leading to felony criminal charges include Ecstasy, (known as "X", "XTC" or "Xtacy"), MDMA, Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), and Ketamine (Special K - ketamine hydrochloride). Many drug charges arise from the possession and sale of controlled substances on school grounds.

California classifies the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana as a misdemeanor, but possession of cocaine or other serious controlled substances, in any amount, is typically prosecuted as a felony offense in juvenile court. Some of the most commonly charged juvenile drug crimes include violations of the California Health and Safety Code: drug possession (H.S. Section 11350 and 11377), drug possession with intent to sell or distribute (H.S. Section 11351, 11358, 11378), transportation (H.S. 11352, 11360 and 11379), meth lab (H.S. Section 11379.6 and 11383), and possession of drug paraphernalia (H.S. 11364).

Juvenile Drug crimes in Los Angeles County courts are punished differently, depending on the quantity of narcotics seized, evidence showing intent to sell or distribute, the type of drug involved, and whether the possession or sales of drugs occurred on school grounds. It is always in your family’s best interest to obtain the services of an experienced juvenile law criminal defense attorney to help guide you through the process and formulate the best legal defense possible in juvenile court.

Our juvenile drug defense attorneys tenaciously fight serious drug crime allegations to dismiss or reduce allegations of sales or transportation to obtain an Informal Juvenile Resolution or Drug Rehabilitation. Our drug crime defense firm has secured numerous dismissals after a client’s completion of a drug treatment program. Our law firm has worked with numerous treatment providers and can direct you to one near your residence. Juvenile Drug Crimes especially may be an indication that the offender needs aggressive and immediate drug treatment, rather than incarceration.

The consequences of any Drug Crime conviction may be very severe. It is important if you are accused of a Drug Crime, you retain the legal services of an experienced Los Angeles County juvenile criminal defense attorney who knows how to successfully fight Drug Crime charges. We will help your family to aggressively fight the juvenile case to avoid a conviction, jail time, and drug offender registration. We are even able to successfully negotiate with the police and prosecutors on your family’s behalf before charges are brought to court, to get the initial charges dropped or reduced.

The firm specializes in defending juvenile cases throughout the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court System including Sylmar Court, Pasadena Court, Inglewood Juvenile, Antelope Valley, Eastlake Juvenile, Long Beach, and Los Padrinos Court.

Contact our Los Angeles Juvenile Criminal Defense lawyers immediately, at 877-781-1570. We promise an immediate response to your inquiry 24/7. For clients’ convenience, we have numerous offices in Los Angeles County. Our knowledgeable legal team will evaluate the juvenile’s criminal case issues and advise you of your legal options before you go to court. The attorneys will work immediately to protect the juvenile’s court rights, and fight on your family’s behalf to avoid a serious criminal conviction being on his or her record.