Doug is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of... more
Doug is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and was recently selected to become a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He first achieved this distinction in 2004. He has been a lawyer for thirty years, and has been a Senior Deputy District Attorney for the last 22 years. He has taken over one hundred jury tria... view profile
Juvenile law applies to young children and teenagers—usually defined as less than eighteen years old, depending on the state. Minors accused of breaking the law are processed under a juvenile justice system. This system is completely separate from the one used for adults, and the penalties involved are usually far less severe than in the adult system. Juvenile law also carries certain protections that do not apply to adults; for example, names are kept confidential and parents can be present during police questioning. A lawyer who specializes in juvenile law will help minors understand the juvenile justice system and present their defense in juvenile court.