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Is the criminal justice system the same for juveniles as for adults?

There is a mixed yes/no component in the answer to the above-posed headline query in our blog post today.

On the one hand, many of the laws and processes relevant to matters like arrests, custody, interrogation, criminal charging and so forth are indeed the same or closely similar.

Conversely, though, it is also true that there is much that is fundamentally different about how authorities handle juvenile criminal cases. The American legal system has long recognized – and with progressively growing appreciation – that young people who are not yet adults shouldn’t typically be treated as if they are.

An exhaustive amount of credible study and research indicates that adolescents, unlike older people, are far from fully evolved in their mental faculties. They are literally learning as they go. The tremendous potential attached to youth is coupled with predictable lapses in judgment and failed appreciation for downside consequences.

That reality is underscored routinely by stories from across the Bay Area and nationally spotlighting juvenile behavior across a broad spectrum that is denoted as criminal conduct. At the Law Office of John W. Noonan, we have worked diligently for decades as advocates for young offenders charged with wide-ranging offenses. Those range from drinking offenses, drug possession and assault to theft, weapons charges and sex crimes.

The emphasis in many such matters is often – and rightly so – on accountability that allows for learning and a second chance. Rehabilitation rather than mere punishment is often an optimal recipe for lowered recidivism and a truly just outcome.

A recently proposed San Francisco ordinance focuses closely on how teens and even younger offenders interact with the criminal justice system. The would-be law calls for a protective expansion of existing state law addressing juvenile protections. We will take a look at its specifics in our next blog post.

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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