Juvenile Defense


The juvenile court process differs from the adult system and requires a juvenile defense attorney who is experienced and has a unique insight into that process.  Unlike the adult system, the focus of the juvenile system is treatment and rehabilitation.  Efforts are directed at keeping children out of the adult system.  The primary and fundamental responsibility of a juvenile defense attorney is to advocate for the client’s expressed interests and protect their legal rights. While the legal duty is to the child, it is important to listen to and acknowledge the parents’ interests in the case.  Zealously advocating for the child’s expressed interests requires an acute understanding of juvenile law.

Children in the Juvenile Justice system require the guidance of an experienced juvenile attorney. In addition to understanding the juvenile court system, the attorney must be able to effectively communicate with their clients in a developmentally appropriate manner.  Juvenile defense requires specialized and comprehensive training to be effective. In addition to being board certified in juvenile law, Ms. Rodriguez has a background in Social Work and 25 years experience working with youth. She is compassionate, respectful and listens carefully to her clients when dealing with their criminal matters. By providing a clear understanding of the law, her clients are able to consider all options.

In the past, certain behaviors that were considered inappropriate are now considered ‘delinquent conduct,’ and the penalties have become increasingly harsh. Today, children are at a greater risk of entering adulthood with a lengthy juvenile record. To ensure the best outcome for the child and look after their long-term interest, effective representation is critical.