San Jose Juvenile Defense Lawyer

We Help Juveniles Facing Criminal Charges in California

Teenager charged with juvenile crimeEvery parent wants their child to have a fulfilled and content life. We know you care about your children, teaching them to be the best they can be. Therefore, when your child is accused of a crime you feel as if your own freedom is in jeopardy. You face the possibility of your family being separated and the fear that your child may end up in prison. Adding to the stress is the fear of your child turning to a life of crime if imprisoned. Being accused of a crime as a juvenile can be a frightening experience. Having a child in the same predicament can be terrifying for any parent. However, a San Jose juvenile defense lawyer can help you stand up for your child’s rights and possibly reduce the charges he or she faces.

If your child committed a crime, The Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich can help. Our goal is to successfully defend children when they face criminal proceedings. Attorney Nick Cvietkovich has been practicing as a juvenile crimes lawyer in San Jose, CA for years. Our law firm has handled more than 3,000 cases and has the experience needed to give you peace of mind. We can work to reduce the charges and/or the consequences your son or daughter faces. Additionally, we can help with the sealing or expungement of juvenile records.

Can a Juvenile Be Tried as an Adult in California?

Juveniles can be tried as an adult in certain circumstances such as violent crimes. If convicted, then your child may be sent to an adult correctional facility. While juveniles are often not tried as adults, the consequences of a juvenile sentence can still be severe. Depending on the severity of the crime and the age of the child, the court may simply order the child to live with you under court supervision, or put your child on probation. However, your child may also be sent away to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) or a probation camp. The whole experience of the arrest can be even more traumatic if your child is detained at a juvenile hall instead of being sent home to you.

You may think that a child can only be tried as an adult for murder or attempted murder. However, a child can be tried and convicted as an adult for other crimes as well. This includes armed robbery, drug-related crimes, arson, or escaping from juvenile hall. Getting representation for your child in a juvenile case is important no matter what. However, if your child is being tried as an adult, then it is absolutely essential you seek legal representation. A child who is 16 or older can be sent straight to an adult correctional facility. A child who is younger will be placed in a juvenile facility but could later be transferred to an adult facility.

How Can a Juvenile Avoid Jail Time?

There are differences with juvenile crimes that affect the possibility of sentencing and jail time. California criminal court law defines that a minor is not found to be guilty or innocent. Instead, in juvenile delinquency proceedings, a judge will rule that the prosecuting attorney petition is sustained. This happens if the judge determines a juvenile has committed the alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. A minor faces a variety of sentences or dispositions after court proceedings. Depending on the case and crime, a judge may order informal probation. Our criminal defense lawyer may be able to use this opportunity to dismiss charges after completion of a program.

Additionally, a court may take over the responsibility for control and treatment of the juvenile by designating a minor as a ward of the court. In some cases, a minor may serve his or her probation at home, even if they are a ward of the court. Unfortunately, a judge may instead place a juvenile in foster care, group home or probation camp. The best way to help your child avoid jail time is by hiring an experienced juvenile defense lawyer. Our law firm has been protecting the rights of minors for years – we can help your child, too.

Questions? Call Our San Jose Juvenile Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Is your child facing criminal charges? Do you have questions about you or a loved one’s situation? At The Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich, we represent more than your child in court, we represent your family. We can help you and your child to understand the complexities of juvenile criminal law. Our qualified attorney can assist you in fulfilling your responsibilities in terms of restitution, fees, and more. Keeping your child out of a correctional facility can save your family money and safeguard your reputation. More importantly, it can allow your child to continue their education and keep your family from being torn apart.

Our juvenile defense lawyer, Nick Cvietkovich, is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Contact us today at (408) 898-9653. At no cost to you, we can review your case and let you know how we can help. We believe you have the right to protect you or your child’s rights. Payment plans are available for families who have financial difficulties.


Nick is an excellent attorney who really cares for his clients and knows what he is doing. His experience can be easily noticed. He works tirelessly to achieve the best end results in every case. He is very straightforward and lets you know what to expect from beginning to end, it is a relief to speak to an attorney like him that is not just trying to retain your business, but genuinely cares for the people he works with. He has a great team of people working for him that are always willing to update you on your case and answer any questions you might have. If you want a great attorney who will not overcharge you and will get you the best results, call his office.

-Mari, Yelp

There’s not enough words to explain how grateful I am with Nick. He defended my husband in a 25 to life case. No matter how difficult it seemed Nick never gave up. He is very humble, respectful, honest and professional! He was always keeping us updated and letting us know of the status of the case. He would always return our calls and txt messages. Not like others lawyers that all they want is money. Thank you Nick for representing my husband and giving him a new opportunity to start all over with us. God bless you. Thanks to you the case was dismissed!!!

-Anna, Google

Nick is an incredible lawyer. I worked with Nick for about 2 years to have my case resolved. I selected him from conducting 7 interviews with a couple of other lawyers but I knew that he was the man for the job when I talked to him. I selected him after 2 interviews after I knew that he was an experienced lawyer and handled numerous cases within my charge. Nick is very thorough, professional, and always goes above and beyond for his clients. He is very exceptional and I would recommend Nick again in the future for any client that wants to either win, dismiss, or reduce any charges. I highly recommend Nick Cvietkovich.

-Ron, Yelp

When I got my second DUI, a friend of mine told me about Nick and how he is a great defense lawyer and would do whatever it took to get me the best deal. Upon meeting him, I already that I was in good hands. Throughout my case, he would keep me updated with any new information that would help my case and always be ready to answer my questions. He was very understanding with everything and helped me every way possible. Then when I got in trouble with driving without a license, I went back to him and he quickly took my case and did such a wonderful job. I was worried about what would have happened with me but Nick kept me calm and would make sure that I would be taken care. He is a great lawyer with great staff and is someone I recommend to anyone that is looking for a top notch defense lawyer. Thank you for everything Nick.

-Carlos, Yelp

I was pulled over by the police in San Jose about 4 months ago with a .09 blood alcohol level. I knew I had to get some help. This was my first time ever needing legal help. When I spoke with Nick he sounded like a nice guy. He was knowledgeable and offered a very reasonable price. So I went with him and hoped for the best. Little did I know I had just hired an excellent lawyer. He went to work right away. He made me feel comfortable and was always quick to get back to my questions and concerns and always kept me informed with the case. Four months later his strategy worked great. I had prepared myself for a DUI sentence but was hoping to get at least a wet reckless. I ended up walking away with a dry reckless and a small fine. My license was not affected either. I can’t thank him enough. Nick is a very intelligent, personable and clever lawyer. He knows the system well and was able to get me the lightest possible sentence. If I ever have any legal questions or need any legal help in the future, he will be my first call.

-Kelly, Avvo

I give 5 stars for Mr. Cvietkovich. My family was going through a terrible tragedy and on top of that had a legal issue that was time sensitive. I contacted Nick Cvietkovich and in just a few hours Mr. Cvietkovich got all the parties together and resolved the issues. Some things are worth more than money. My family and I owe Mr. Cvietkovich way more than he charged which was extremely reasonable. Everyone needs a lawyer that not only gets things done but gets things done quickly. Thank you Nick Cvietkovich – words cannot express my gratitude.

-Justin, Yelp

Why Choose Us

  • More than 14 years of experience
  • Have handled 4,500+ cases
  • Available 24/7
  • Top Accreditations
  • Represent wide range of criminal charges