I recently was charged with an infraction that allows me the option if paying $412 and not showing up in court. I think I have a good shot at fighting it, but I can't get one of my parents to "waste their time". I'm the one who has to pay the fine, so can I argue that I'm being denied my right to a fair trial? My ultimate goal is to get a trial.
Yes judges want a minors parents there and if necessary, a judge can force your parent to come.
Parents (at least one) are usually required to be present with minors in juvenile court.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
As a general rule your parents need to be involved in your life, including criminal matters, until you are 18. Hiring an attorney for a trial is going to cost a great deal more than $412 dollars and representing yourself, as a minor, is extremely inadvisable and may be outright disallowed.
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You don't need you parent there necessarily. It is your ticket and if you want to fight it then make sure you understand the risk and weigh it against the possible benefit. You can also speak to an attorney if you hire one but you don't have the right to have the court provide one for free (a public defender) on an infraction (only on a misdemeanor or felony).
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