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Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation Video
The Juvenile Dependency Court is a branch of the State Superior Court which hears cases involving neglected or abused children. Juvenile Dependency is an area of law which involves children who are taken from their parents because the parents are accused of not properly caring for them or hurting them in some way. In these cases I sometimes represent one of the parents, or sometimes I represent the children.
The first goal of the dependency court is to preserve families by identifying the problems that have caused the removal of the children and to offer the parents the education or counseling necessary to get the children back in their home. The parents are normally given 6 -18 months to successfully complete their “reunification plan”. On some limited cases, parents are not offered a reunification plan. Ultimately, if it is not possible to return the children to the parents, the court orders the child welfare agency to fine a permanent home for the children through adoption, guardianship or long term foster care with relatives, family friends or people qualified to accept children into their homes.
Juvenile Delinquency court involves children (people under the age of 18) who have committed crimes. There are many differences between juveniles and adults who are prosecuted for the exact same offenses. The most notable difference is the type of punishment and the length of the punishment. While the adult criminal court has a focus of “punishing” the offender, the juvenile court is more focused on “rehabilitation” In general, juveniles are punished for only a fraction of the time associated with their adult counter parts.
Also, Juveniles Juvenile Records are confidential and privileged (except for probation officers, law enforcement,
court personnel, and the parents of the minor.) Records may be sealed five years or more after juvenile court jurisdiction has ended, or after a person has reached 18 years of age, whichever occurs first.
Juvenile Delinquency Court Orientation Video
I represent adults and juveniles who have been charged with a crime in San Joaquin County. The reality is that most all criminal cases end up resolving in a plea bargain. Only about 5% of the cases charged ever actually go to trial. Thus, a good criminal defense attorney must be a good negotiator, this is where my past business experience comes in very handy. Of course, if your matter is one that must proceed to trial, I will not shy away from a good fight, and I will do my very best to get you a fair and just result.
Criminal Appeals Summary
Once a conviction has occurred, a number of legal errors may have occurred, and therefore can be attacked in the Appellate Courts. A successful appeal can mean that evidence introduced at trial can be suppressed, a reduction in sentence or other penalties, or the granting of a new trial. Appeals are based upon the "record" in the case as it occurred in the trial court, and (usually) no new evidence is presented to the Appellate Justices. Appeals tend to be technical and time consuming, but can reap great rewards for those erroneously convicted. California law allows the setting of bail while an appeal is pending, so a person facing incarceration may be free while the appeal is heard
MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATION
I represent persons who are accused of being mentally ill. Normally my representation is the result of a criminal proceeding where the person does not understand what they “did” was a crime or they do not understand the court proceedings. Often, the prosecutor wishes to incarcerate these people in the state hospital (instead of jail or prison). My representation involves assisting the person to articulate their needs and finding the “lease restrictive” environment for the person while their case is being resolved. I also represent persons that are about to be released from prison but the state believes are too dangerous to be released. These proceedings are known as Sexually Violent Predators civil commitments.