California’s long-entrenched reputation as a threshold state for authoring change and novel governmental approaches is well established. In many respects, California leads vanguard reform efforts that other states consider and often follow.
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.
Some – unfortunately, not all – criminal suspects in California and elsewhere know that they do not have to answer police queries when they are undergoing an in-custody interrogation. Individuals who are facing the formidable resources and power of government agents have an important right to consult with a criminal defense attorney.
Reference to terms such as “intent” or “deliberation” often attaches to the crime of murder. A favored expression under traditional common law is “malice aforethought.”
Remember what it was like to be a teenager?
Following are a couple bullet points applicable to juveniles who are in custody and interacting with criminal law authorities seeking to ask them crime-related questions. Reportedly, these things are true, as passed along in a recent Bloomberg article:
Here's the succinct bottom-line outcome relevant to a recently issued California Supreme Court ruling: A 50-year prison term for a minor is a no-go.
Some voices within the criminal justice system in California and nationally still stridently demand harsh penal outcomes as go-to punishments for juvenile offenders.
One of the most frightening things that can happen to an individual is to be falsely accused of criminal conduct.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently rolled back some of California's harsh sentencing laws, making some prosecutors and other law enforcement officials unhappy. The package of bills Brown signed will cut jail and prison sentences for juveniles and adults.