A new study confirms the assumption that juvenile crime rates are directly linked to high school dropout rates. The California Dropout Research Project found that California high school students who don't complete their educations cost the state around $1.1 billion every year in law enforcement costs. As many as one in every five students in Los Angeles drop out of high school, and cutting the statewide dropout rate in half could possibly prevent 30,000 juvenile crimes from being committed by minors every year.
The state of California has enacted harsh juvenile penalties in order to deter juvenile crime. When a juvenile is convicted of a crime, their ability to get a job, successfully apply for college and apply for loans is significantly affected. If you have been accused of a crime and you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to have the help of a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney to defend your rights. When you contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at our firm, we will immediately go into action to avoid referral of your case to the adult court system and to have your charges reduced or dismissed.