Orange County Juvenile Defense Lawyer

Protecting the Rights of Children Across Southern California

“Ms. Ferrentino’s strategy was brilliant, her timing was right on and her ability to read, understand, and influence the principals involved in our case was amazing. I am not sure that anyone else could have done as well. She treated us as individuals. Feeling our pain, fighting for us, and really caring.”

– Mike, father of recent juvenile client suffering from Asperger’s.

Compassionate & Experienced Representation for Juveniles

Attorney Correen Ferrentino has a unique approach towards juveniles accused of crimes.

As a mother who has experienced the challenges of raising teenagers, she understands the complexity of the situation when your child ends up in the criminal justice system. Juveniles who get in trouble with the law often have co-occurring issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, ADHD, depression, and other mental health problems.

As a former deputy public defender, Ms. Ferrentino spent three years in a specialized unit working with juveniles suffering from a wide spectrum of mental illness. Also, as a founding attorney of Orange County’s “Co-occurring Drug Court” – a court established in 2003 which specializes in obtaining treatment for individuals afflicted with mental issues and who suffer drug and/or alcohol addiction – Ms. Ferrentino has unique knowledge and empathy for juveniles and their families. She ensures this empathy is felt from every member of the team at Ferrentino & Associates, including Attorneys Ana Zykanova and Erica Gamable and our law clerks, paralegals, and investigators.

Why Should I Choose Ferrentino & Associates to Defend My Child?

Juvenile cases move quickly. You need a lawyer who responds immediately since decisions are made at the first court appearance which will determine whether your child goes home or remains in juvenile hall pending the outcome of the case. These initial determinations can be difficult to change.

Juvenile offenses can have lifelong consequence. Many are under the misconception that a juvenile case disappears from your record when you turn 18. This is not so. In certain cases such as “strike offenses,” it may stay on your child’s record forever.

Our goal is not only to effectively deal with your child’s criminal case, but also to steer your child in a positive direction so that this does not happen again. We are proud to say that many of our juvenile clients stay in contact and they are living happy, productive and successful lives.

To prevent a childish mistake from affecting your child for the rest of his or her life, you need a skilled attorney who can have the charges against your child reduced or dropped. Ferrentino & Associates have been successful in getting many juvenile charges dismissed through skilled and aggressive advocacy.

We Can Help with Any Type of Juvenile Crime

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Drug and alcohol crimes
  • Gang crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism

Choose an Attorney with Unique Insight. Call (714) 613-0801 Today.

Unlike many lawyers, Attorney Ferrentino has significant experience in dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. Attorneys Zykanova and Gambale realize juvenile crime is often related to underlying issues like drug or alcohol dependence, or conditions like attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADD/ADHD). The firm's contacts with mental health professionals and treatment programs can get your child the help he or she needs. Our team of attorneys works together, providing vigorous legal representation to prevent permanent damage to your child’s well-being, record, and future. We truly offer defense for your peace of mind.

“My approach in juvenile cases is to get to know you and your child in order to fully understand your unique situation. I am then able to educate the court, the prosecutor and the probation department about your child and obtain to best resolution possible. This approach has proven successful in hundreds of cases.”

– Founding Attorney Correen Ferrentino

Contact our Orange County juvenile crime lawyers at (714) 613-0801 for a free case review.

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