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Do Juvenile Criminal Defendants Have the Same Constitutional Rights as Adults?

Do Juvenile Criminal Defendants Have the Same Constitutional Rights as Adults? Before the 1960s, juvenile criminal defendants had almost no rights when it came to due process and the law. In recent decades, courts have increased the rights juveniles’ have when accused of a crime. While minors whose cases are handled in juvenile court are […]

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Minors Who Get into Fights Can Be Charged with Assault and Battery

Minors Who Get into Fights Can Be Charged with Assault and Battery Many adults have memories of fighting with siblings or friends as a child or teenager. However, when schoolyard wrestling escalates into an injury-causing physical altercation, the consequences can be severe. California law considers anyone under the age of 18 a minor, but minors […]

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My Child Was Caught Drinking and Driving, Now What?

My Child Was Caught Drinking and Driving, Now What? Anyone with a teenaged child knows that teens do not always make the best decisions. Even well-intentioned children can get mixed up with the wrong crowd and take dangerous risks. If you have a teenaged child who has been accused of driving under the influence, you […]

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What Is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing a Juvenile Criminal Record?

What Is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing a Juvenile Criminal Record? You have probably heard the legal terms “expungement” and “record sealing” before, but may not know exactly what these terms mean. Expungement means that an individual’s criminal record is cleared completely of a certain crime or arrest. In other words, expungement clears a […]

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Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime

Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime Any good parent is interested in knowing where their child is and what they might be up to at any given time. As a child grows up, it becomes impossible—and arguably unhealthy—to keep a constant eye on him or her. Parents must do what they can to raise their […]

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Juvenile Charges of Vandalism

Juvenile Charges of Vandalism Bending the rules is almost a rite of passage for teenagers. Young people are notorious for pushing boundaries and seeing what they can get away with. A reasonable amount of this behavior is nothing to be concerned about, however sometimes young people get caught up in bad decisions and end up […]

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Governor Signs Series of Juvenile Crime Bills into Law

Governor Signs Series of Juvenile Crime Bills into Law Despite objections from some prosecutors and law enforcement organizations, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of legislative measures earlier this month that will have an effect on the criminal justice system for both adults and juveniles in the states. In total, Governor Brown signed nine […]

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Study Looks at Decrease in Juvenile Crime and Increase in Immigration

Study Looks at Decrease in Crime and Increase in Immigration In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was nationwide concern over the state of crime in this country. The United States was in the middle of its “War on Drugs,” juvenile delinquency was a serious problem, and certain cities become synonymous with violent criminal […]

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Juvenile Record Sealing in California

Sealing Juvenile Records in California Many people assume that juvenile criminal records in California are automatically sealed when the offender turns 18. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While it is true that some juvenile records are sealed automatically, many are not. If you or someone you love has a juvenile criminal record, there […]

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California Law Sets Attorney Standards in Juvenile Cases

California Law Sets Attorney Standards in Juvenile Cases A little over a year ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure into law which amended the Welfare and Institutions Code as it relates to juveniles. Individuals under 18 who commit a crime fall under the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts, rather than the criminal courts, and […]

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