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Juvenile Crimes

Truancy Laws & Penalties in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Juvenile Crimes on August 20, 2019

Under California’s Constitution, public education is declared to be an essential and fundamental right for all. Public education for all children between the ages of 6 and 18 is compulsory. Children between those ages who frequently miss school are subject to disciplinary actions, and their parents could be in trouble with the law. A child…

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Juvenile Shoplifting Penalties in California

Posted in Juvenile Crimes on June 21, 2019

A juvenile case involves a defendant under the age of 18. When the suspect of a crime is a minor, that person usually will not go through the typical criminal court process. Instead, he or she will face the unique juvenile system. A juvenile shoplifting conviction can impede a child’s life from an early age….

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Are Juvenile Records Automatically Sealed?

Posted in Juvenile Crimes on January 10, 2019

Any type of juvenile criminal record can have dramatic effects on a person’s life. Depending on the severity of the charges involved, a juvenile record can negatively impact school admissions, eligibility for financial aid, employment opportunities, military enlistment, and may even restrict housing options. A juvenile record includes every piece of documentation held by the…

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Juvenile Sentencing Options in California

Posted in Juvenile Crimes on May 29, 2017

The juvenile court system is not simply a smaller version of the adult system. It is completely different, with entirely separate goals for sentencing. Unlike the adult system, which serves to promote public safety and punish the individual for committing the crime with jail time or hefty fines, the juvenile system aims to teach young…

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Juvenile Crimes: What to Do If Your Child is Charged with a Crime

Posted in Juvenile Crimes on December 28, 2015

No parent, guardian, or loved one wants to hear that a child has been arrested or charged with a crime. Facing the realization that a child may go to a detention center or face sentencing can be frightening for the guardian as well as the child. You may feel anger at the system, frustration with…

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