This book has become a classic on the fundamentals of juvenile defense. It is a straightforward, how-to law book about juvenile court delinquency practice, presented by an attorney who has defended more than 1000 children. It includes two parts. Part I, the Attorney Practice Guide, discusses issues unique to Juvenile defense, with practice points that are often not encountered in criminal (adult) court. Part II, Illustrative Cases, presents stories from cases the author personally handled. The issues in Part I and the cases in Part II are cross-referenced. This book describes effective juvenile defense in all states. It illustrates overarching issues such as how to deal with children who are clients, how to handle attorney-client privilege when dealing with parents of minors, strategies to get detained clients released from juvenile hall, and often-missed mental health and school issues that are applicable nationwide under federal law.Every criminal practice firm and public defender's office should have a copy of this book on hand, to be ready when juvenile cases arise. An attorney first assigned a delinquency case can quickly read it and have a leg up on what happens and what to do. For lawyers, legal assistants, and law school clinic students this book explains how to avoid common mistakes. For all readers, it lets you look through an attorney's eyes inside a courtroom that is customarily closed to the public.