Welfare Institution Code 725 Explained by OC Attorney
Minor acts of disobedience or misbehavior that would have been brushed off as "juvenile" 20 or 30 years ago are now considered serious crimes. Our children live in a monitored and legalized world. Laws now are often far less forgiving than we might have experienced as children. This means even the slightest transgression can have far reaching consequences for their future. If your son or daughter is in trouble with the law, more than likely you're worried. Even panicked. This is understandable. The last thing you want is for your child to get caught up in the justice system. But know that help is available and they are not alone in their predicament.
Law Office of Michael L. Guisti has a successful history of helping young people turn their situation around. Our firm has the tools, the talent, and the tenacity to ensure your child gets every possible opportunity to move forward. We're available 24 hours a day and will come to you wherever you are in Orange County.
To schedule a free consultation with an Orange County juvenile crime attorney to review your son or daughter’s case, please give us a call at (888) 478-8999.
As a general rule, the juvenile justice system in California shares little in common with the larger justice system. There are different judges, different processes, and a separate list of legal terms. The biggest difference lies with the intent of the courts. As opposed to the adult legal system where individuals are punished for their actions, juvenile courtrooms are geared to afford kids a way out. Instead of getting swept up in the process and facing years of incarceration, children accused of a crime have the opportunity for rehabilitation and probation.
Welfare Institution Code (WIC) 725 is part of that affirmative direction. If your son or daughter has been caught committing a misdemeanor - such as petty theft, vandalism, or trespassing - they could be eligible for "informal parole" under WIC 725. In other words, your child would not become a ward of the court, but would be able to come home with you following their hearing. But, this is not without a variety of stipulations. If granted an informal probation, your child will be required to:
- Admit to wrongdoing (pleading guilty)
- Follow up with his or her probation officer over a 6-month period
- Complete all education and counseling sessions as directed by the judge
Failure to complete probation in a timely fashion or stay out of further trouble can lead to your child facing more severe penalties.
Law Office of Michael L. Guisti is a criminal defense firm. If you are in trouble with the law, we can help. But, when it comes to minors our approach is grounded more in education and avoidance. We want to help you and your family find a way out of your current predicament and stay out of it. Our help doesn’t stop when you case is resolved. We're in it for the long haul.
To discuss your son or daughter’s case or to schedule a consultation call (888) 478-8999 today.
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