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Juvenile

JUVENILE CASES EASTLAKE COURTHOUSE – CASE DISMISSED BY PROSECUTORS 

Recently I set a case for trial that was set in the Eastlake juvenile courthouse just outside of downtown Los Angeles.  The client was charged with felony battery causing great bodily injury and facing significant punishment and damage to his spotless record.  I turned over all of the evidence that I had uncovered related to the case to the prosecutors and set the case for trial.

In preparation of the trial I subpoenaed some medical experts that were going to cast some serious doubt on the prosecution’s case.  After a couple of weeks I received a call from the prosecutor indicating that they where prepared to dismiss the case related to my client because they believed it was the right thing to do and I believe that they realized they were going to lose the case.

SYLMAR JUVENILE COURT – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED RELATED TO AN ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON CHARGE

After bring a number of mitigating factors to the Head District Attorney’s attention the defense was able to convince her to resolve the matter in such a way that the client can avoid the serious assault with a deadly weapon charges and in the end achieve a complete dismissal and to have the record sealed and destroyed.  This will ultimately have the effect of sealing the client’s record so no one in the future will be able to see this embarrassing episode in this life.

This resolution was accomplished by gathering mitigating evidence on behalf of the client that showed that his behavior in this case was an aberration that is unlikely to repeat itself.  The client was permitted to go away to college and pursue his future, despite his arrest and being charged with such a serious crime.  Fortunately, hard work, preparation, experience and strategy save the day for him and his family.

CLIENT CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SYLMAR JUVENILE COURT AVOIDS BEING TRIED AN ADULT AND ENDS UP BEING RELEASED BY HIS 25TH BIRTHDAY

My client was facing the rest of his life in prison when the cases started.  Through some diligent investigation and being able to convince the prosecutors that my client did not deserve to be tried as an adult, we were able to avoid the possibility that the client would be found guilty as an adult and spend the rest of his life in jail.

LOS PADRINO’S JUVENILE COURT – CLIENT AVOIDS BEING TRIED AS AN ADULT AND JUVENILE PRISON IN  A SERIOUS SEX CRIME CASE

Following a powerful cross-examination of the main doctor related to the case, we convinced the judge not to sentence the client to a long term in juvenile prison and to give the client a chance to be punished but still get out of custody within a reasonable amount of time and salvage his life.

This was a case that garnered a lot of publicity and involved dealing with the high ups of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office because of who the minor’s parents were at the time of the alleged incident.

***Over the course of the past 25 years I have handled hundreds of juvenile cases and have seen the juvenile system change dramatically in that span of time. The things that kids did 25 years ago are being treated much harsher today than they were back the. One thing that has not changed relates to the various juvenile courts / judges in Los Angeles County having to weigh their decisions on balancing between what is best for the minor who is in trouble and what is best for our society who has to deal with the particular juvenile. As you might guess there is a lot of subjectivity when it comes to deciding what will happen to a minor and his future. This is why it is so crucial that you have an attorney who knows their way around the juvenile system and can come up with the solutions that protect their client’s future.

If the attorney does not have an eye out for how a particular minor will be effected by what happens in the juvenile court, then they are doing their client and their client’s family a disservice. It is not easy in every case to get the matter dismissed and keep the juvenile’s record clean. However, in my opinion, that should be the aim of every single juvenile case. Even if you can not get the matter reduce or the record sealed from the beginning, a serious effort must be made to at least set it up for the future, if the minor can get themselves on the straight and narrow.