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The Probation Officer: Responsibilities

October 17, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Probation Officer   |   0 Comment

One of the probation officer’s job is to evaluate your child and write up a report about them that the judge will then use/review for the court case. This report will be handed to the judge at the disposition hearing. This report will contain: -If the probation officer considers your child to be guilty or not of the crime […]

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Division of Juvenile Justice: Parole

September 24, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Parole   |   0 Comment

To be eligible for parole, the juvenile in the Division of Juvenile Justice must successfully finish all their program goals. In the month that the juvenile is scheduled to meet with the Juvenile Parole Board at a Parole Consideration Hearing,  the youth can be recommended for parole and will have a meeting with the parole board to sit and discuss their […]

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September 16, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Emancipation   |   0 Comment

To become emancipated means for a minor (a child under the age of 18) to become an adult under the eyes of the law. As an adult, the minor will no longer be under the control of his/her parents but the minor won’t be financially supported by them either. Emancipation is forever unless it is discovered that […]

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Marijuana Possession

September 12, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Marijuana   |   0 Comment

Currently under the laws of the State of California, if you are convicted of possessing marijuana for personal use only, you do not  necessarily need to get a dismissal for the crime. Under California Health and Safety codes, all personal-use marijuana convictions are erased from your records after two years if convicted after January 1st, 1976. […]

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What is a De Facto Parent?

A de facto parent is someone who: -Cares for a child everyday who is a dependent of the juvenile court, -Has been acting as the child’s parent, -Is taking care of all the child’s basic needs for food, shelter, affection, clothing and care. If you decide to become a de facto parent to a child […]

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Juvenile Disposition Hearing

At a juvenile disposition hearing the judge can order one of several things. They are: -Your child may be ordered to stay home with you under strict supervision for up to 6 months, either formal supervision or probation supervision -Your child might be placed on probation and must live with a relative, in an institution, in a group home […]

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Foster parents and Caregivers: Testifying in Court

If you are a foster parent or a caregiver, you may be called upon to testify in court on as a witness in juvenile dependency hearings. On of the lawyers involved in the case will contact you to let you know that you may be requested to answer some questions on the stand, in some cases you […]

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Juvenile Court in Orange County

July 29, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Juvenile Court,juvenile defense law   |   0 Comment

The juvenile court is part of the superior court and there are three types of cases they deal with: Juvenile Delinquency cases, Juvenile Status Offense cases, and Juvenile Dependency cases. Juvenile Delinquency cases involve minors that commit crimes that would be considered illegal even if they were adults. Juvenile Status Offenses cases involve a minor that commit offenses […]

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What hearings will my child have in juvenile court in Orange County, California?

There are 7 types of hearings in juvenile court: Detention Hearing If your child is locked up for more than 2 days, he or she will have a detention hearing within 3 court days. (A court day is a day the court is open.) The judge will decide if your child can go home before […]

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Trying Minors in Adult Court in Orange County, California

Occasionally a child can be tried as an adult, even if their previous records are sealed because the three-stirkes law says that most serious and violent crimes that are committed by minors can count against them in the future. A child who is 14 years old can be tried in adult court for some serious crimes. […]

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