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Spotlight on juvenile crime and college entry

One focal point of our long-established criminal defense practice at the Bay Area Law Office of John W. Noonan stresses the diligent representation of young people accused of crimes.

It is often the case that unformed judgment and simple lack of maturity connected to life inexperience lead to careless actions that can have serious consequences for juveniles. Minors often do not appreciate the stark downsides that can attend behaviors frowned upon by law enforcers.

Those behaviors can be myriad and varied. We reference many of them on our website. They range widely from underage drinking-related charges and drug infractions to theft crimes and fighting.

The consequences of a criminal conviction – even an arrest and a criminal charge that is ultimately dropped – can be severe for a juvenile, even dramatically life-altering. Many young people who commit thoughtless indiscretions pay heavy fines, do community service, are suspended from school, and are even incarcerated.

And there’s this, too, as noted in a recent national article spotlighting one particular downside attached to juvenile crime in certain cases: denial of higher-education opportunities because of a criminal record.

We all know that such an outcome occurs, and likely in many instances. Just as a criminal history can cancel out opportunities for select job placements and military service, it can induce college officials to reach for a “reject” stamp when it surfaces in application materials.

One prominent college-linked organization duly recognizes that and has made a significant change to address it. Officials in charge of the so-called Common Application that is filled out millions of times annually by college applicants recently announced that they will no longer solicit criminal history information from prospective students.

Will that make a difference?

Many people of course hope that it will. The publication Atlantic notes that the new policy “could alter the life course for many students [having] a misdemeanor or felony attached to their name.”

Recent Case Results

  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    John was able to get client a reduction of charge of a DUI because of being a nurse it could mean her license.

    He secured a Drunk in Public , and she would attend a 3 month program. Additionally, the dmv hearing was also set aside.

    Both being a win for the client.

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  • Domestic Violence

    A client was arrested for a Felony Domestic Violence, could have devastated her potential for future employment. John was able to get the case dismissed. Client was thrilled.

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  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

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  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

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  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

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  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

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  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

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