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The Juvenile The Juvenile Dependency Court t is a branch of the 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 forh theirchildren, or hurting their children in some way. In the JuvenileDependency court, I sometimes represent one of the parents, or sometimes I represent the children.
The first goal of the dependency courtis to preserve families by identifying the problems that have caused the removal of thechildren and to offer the parents the education or counseling necessary to get the children back in their home. If it is not possible to return the children to the parents, the courtseeks out permanent home for the children through adoption, guardianship or long term foster care with relatives or people qualified to accept children into their homes..
Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation Video
There are many differences between juveniles who are prosecuted for crimes and adults who areprosecuted for the same offenses. The most notable difference is the type and length of sentence. Juveniles are punished for only a fraction of thetime associated with their adult counter parts.
Also, Juveniles Juvenile Records are confidential and privileged (except for probation officers, law enforcement, court personnel, the minor, and parentsof the minor.) Records may be sealed five years or more after juvenile courtjurisdiction 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. Most all criminal case end up resolving in a plea bargain. I have heard that 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
Information regarding Sexually Violent Predators and Other Proceedings involving persons with mental illness.