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Representation of Children in Juvenile Court and Adult Court

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Attorney Shirley J. Boney, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, is a solo practitioner. Practice Overview

The Law Office of Shirley J. Boney, based in Fresno, CA, is available to represent clients throughout California's Central Valley and Central Coast communities, including those located in Fresno County, Kern County (Bakersfield), Kings County, Madera County, Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, San Luis Obispo County and Tulare County (Visalia). 

Fresno Juvenile Court Defense Attorney Shirley J. Boney is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who 
provides aggressive, diligent representation to her clients; both adults and children (aka:  juveniles; minors).  

The Defense Attorney to whom you entrust important legal matters should be both experienced and personally attentive, as well as responsive to ongoing inquiries concerning your, or your child's, legal matters.  In that regard, as a solo practitioner, Ms. Boney is able to offer the personal guidance and service clients generally seek; and each client deserves when faced with prosecution based upon allegations of criminal law violations.  For additional information regarding the scope of criminal representation provided by Fresno Juvenile Court Criminal Defense Attorney Shirley J. Boney, please visit our Criminal Defense page.  

Importantly, at the Law Office of Shirley J. Boney, we understand that the prosecution of children is as serious of a legal matter as the prosectuion of adults.  While children are denied the right to bail and the right to a jury of their peers, they are nonetheless entitled to a vigorous defense on their behalf when being prosecuted for alleged criminal law violations.  At such a time, it is important to launch an early, strong defense.  The Juvenile Justice Campus is not your ordinary campus for children.  They take allegations of juvenile delinquency and criminal conduct reported to law enforcement officers quite serious.  Make no mistake, it is not child's play. 

When a child is ordered to appear before a Juvenile Justice Campus Judge, the wise parent will remember that it is not the role of the Judge, Probabtion or the District Attorney to defend his or her child.  That is the important role of a Criminal Law Defense Attorney who is experienced in Juvenile Law and Juvenile Court Proceedings.  Fresno Juvenile Court Criminal Law Defense Attorney Shirley J. Boney has extensive experience in both the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile court system. 

If your child has been ordered to appear before a Juvenile Justice Campus Judge (in juvenile court), or before a judge in the adult criminal court system, the recommended course of action is that you provide for your child an early, strong defense whether the violations of criminal law alleged have been filed as misdemeanors of felonies.  Remember, all allegations of criminal law violations are serious allegations, and have the potential of negatively impacting upon your child's life in one way or another. 

If you would like to speak with Ms. Boney regarding the criminal prosecution of your child, whether in juvenile court or adult court, you may call her directly at 559-312-6760 to arrange for a free initial consultation.  Ms. Boney also offers reasonable retainer fees and hourly rates should you wish to retain her services.  


The Law Office of Shirley J. Boney is available to provide legal representation to children whether they are facing criminal charges in Juvenile Court, or in the Adult Criminal Courts.  Ms. Boney is also available to represent children in Juvenile Courts in Bakersfield, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Visalia areas. 

Under California law, juveniles can be sent to Adult Court by two different methods.  For certain types of serious felonies, the District Attorney can direct file the criminal charges against your child in Adult Court.  The more common method of sending a juvenile to Adult Court, however, is through a Fitness Hearing whereby the Juvenile Judge will first determine if your child is suitable to remain in the Juvenile Justice System.

In making the determination of whether or not your child is suitable to remain in Juvenile Court, the Judge must consider the following 5 criteria:
  • The degree of criminal sophistication exhibited, allegedly, by your child.
  • Whether your child can be rehabilitated before juvenile court jurisdiction expires.
  • Your child previous delinquent history.
  • The success of previous attempts, if any, by the juvenile court to rehabilitate your child.
  • The circumstances and gravity of the offenses alleged to have been committed by your child.

Regardless of whether the Juvenile Petition filed against your child contain allegations amounting to a misdemeanor or a felony, when it comes to defending your child's rights, it is important to launch a strong, early defense; rather than "waiting to see how things go". 

If your child is in custody, the first appearance in court is called a detention hearing. At the detention hearing, the Judge will make a ruling as to whether to continue to detain your child in custody pending the adjudication hearing on the charges. Prior to ruling on the issue, the Judge will have input from the juvenile probation department, the juvenile deputy district attorney and your child's defense attorney. You may also ask to be heard prior to the Judge ruling on the issue.

If your child is not in custody, his or her first court date is called an arraignment.  Depending on the particular allegations, the situation in the home and your child's behavior at school, the Judge may want to hear from the parties on the issue of cutody prior to deciding whether or not to allow your child to remain out of custody pending the adjudication hearing on the charges.

If you would like to speak to Ms. Boney concerning the criminal allegations against your child, you may call her directly at 559-312-6760 to arrange a free initial consultation.

Contact Attorney Shirley J. Boney

Law Office of Shirley J. Boney
P.O. Box 3635
Clovis, CA 93613

Telephone:  559-312-6760