Tustin Juvenile Appeals Lawyers
Connect with a Juvenile Appeals Attorney in Orange County
At John L. Dodd and Associates Prof Corp, we provide skillful appellate representation for families involved in the juvenile dependency system. We are prepared to help you consider whether an appeal is your best course of action.
Having handled over 1,200 appellate matters since 1989, we understand the unique difficulties that families experience during juvenile cases, and we are equipped to provide you with the reliable counsel and trustworthy advice you need to make informed decisions, for those families not entitled to appointed counsel.
Our Juvenile Appellate Services
Delinquency & Dependency Cases
Orange County juvenile appeals cases are distinct from family law appeals & other civil matters. “Juvenile” matters include “delinquency,” which are actions to declare a person under 18 a ward of the court because of an act which would be a crime of the minor was an adult, and “dependency” cases, in which a minor is declared a dependent of the juvenile court because the child has been abused or neglected. Our office has had experience in both types of juvenile cases.
The dependency system involves its own court, which operates according to its own rules and procedures. It is neither a criminal nor a family law court. Given the uniqueness of the court system in which juvenile matters are tried, it is absolutely imperative that you have an attorney on your side who understands those rules.
We have represented not only children and parents, but also:
- Foster parents
- And adopting parents
Many of whom often find themselves caught up in the “dependency system” through no fault of their own and need an experienced dependency appellate attorney to help them navigate the system, whether as an appellant or as a respondent.
An appeal is a costly undertaking. If you were appointed an attorney in the trial court, most likely you will be appointed an attorney on appeal as well. The most important step is for you or your trial attorney to file a “notice of appeal” in the trial court and check the box requesting the court appoint you an attorney on appeal. The form is available in the juvenile court, as well as on the California Courts website under “forms.”
We are prepared to provide you with a 30-minute case consultation in order to help you determine whether there is a possible legal issue to be raised on appeal. We cannot advise you regarding whether you should appeal, as this is a personal decision. However, we can help you determine whether it would be possible to raise viable arguments that might persuade a higher court to overturn the lower court’s prior decision.