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Law Office of

Gabrielle Tetreault

Criminal Law,  Child Welfare Law,  Mental Health, and Certified Mediation Services

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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..


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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..

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Juvenile Delinquency Court Orientation Video


      Adult  Summary


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







California 3 Strikes Law


California’s 3-Strikes and You’re Out Law went into effect on March 7, 1994. Its purpose is to dramatically increase punishment for persons convicted of a felony who have previously been convicted of one or more "serious" or "violent" felonies. A "serious" or "violent" felony prior is commonly knows as a "strike" prior. A felony is a crime punishable by a state prison (as opposed to county jail) sentence. Any new felony,

regardless of how minor, may be punished under the 3-Strikes law if the defendant has one or more "serious" or "violent" felony priors.


They are defined in Penal Code sections 667.5(c) (Violent Felony) and 1192.7(c) (Serious Felony). Want more detailed information click on Learn More


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Information regarding Sexually Violent Predators and Other Proceedings involving persons with mental illness.

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