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Juvenile Crimes

What is Considered Child Neglect in California?

Posted in California Law,Juvenile Crimes,Sex Crimes on January 13, 2022

Child neglect and abuse are defined differently in each state. The definition of these terms is of most concern to friends and family of a child they suspect is being abused. Before assessing a case of child neglect, it is recommended that those investigating child abuse recognize that it can be perpetrated by anyone –…

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Juvenile Lifers Information CA

Posted in Criminal Defense,Juvenile Crimes on December 23, 2019

The United States has had a history of sending those who commit serious crimes as juveniles to prison for long periods of time, including life without the possibility of parole. This has historically been justified by pointing to the heinous nature of some crimes, saying that anyone who commits them must face adult consequences. However,…

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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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Student Searches in Schools: What Are My Child’s Rights?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S,Juvenile Crimes on November 16, 2018

What Are Student Searches? Teachers, administrators, school counselors, and other personnel use student searches to keep a campus safe. From drug suspicions to school shooting concerns, school officials have asked students to empty their backpacks, open their lockers, and even reveal the contents of their pockets during these searches. Most of the time, these searches…

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Everything You Need to Know About CA Juvenile Probation

Posted in Juvenile Crimes,Riverside Jails Information on June 23, 2017

Juvenile probation is a court order given to about half of all offenders who enter the juvenile court system. Probation is an alternative to jail that comes with certain rules and restrictions the offender must follow. Probation is beneficial in that the minor can continue to attend school and/or work and will remain part of…

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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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