Archive for Juvenile Court Procedure

Brain Scan Evidence Impacts Sentences Received by Juveniles

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

A groundbreaking study published by the journal Science shows that judges are likely to be influenced by the results of brain scans that are introduced into evidence. The brain scan evidence was introduced as part of a hypothetical case that…

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Trying Juveniles As Adults In Southern California

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

A recent article indicates that states are reconsidering the practice of trying juveniles in adult court.  The article, published by the highly-regarded Pew Center for the States is entitled, “States Have Second Thoughts About Juveniles in Adult Court.”  Apparently, states…

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When Truancy Leads To Jail Time

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

The well-publicized case of Diane Tran has taken a happy turn. Tran, an honors student from Houston, Texas, was arrested last week after missing ten days of school.  It turned out that she wasn’t playing hookie. Because her parents had recently…

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Los Angeles Unified School District’s Police Department

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Los Angeles Unified School has its own Police Chief. His name is Steven Zipperman, and according to press reports, he heads a police force of 340 officers and staff. The School District’s police force has been busy.  Between 2009…

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Gladys R. Hearing: When Young Children Are Accused of California Crimes

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Police officers in Milledgeville, Georgia arrested and handcuffed a six-year old who was throwing a tantrum in her kindergarten class. Not surprisingly, the arrest received national media attention. Could this happen in California? Perhaps. Nothing prevents school officials from calling…

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Should LA Juvenile Proceedings Be Open To The Public?

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Shedding more light on the juvenile criminal justice system will make it easier for lawyers to represent our clients effectively. There will be cases where it will be in our clients’ interests to protect their privacy from the media. We can handle such cases individually. But overall the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles could benefit from more public exposure. As the old saying goes, light can act as a powerful disinfectant.

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NYT Editorial On Juvenile Justice Too Idealistic

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

Sunday’s New York Times ran an editorial entitled, “Some Good News From California’s Justice System.” It praises Governor Brown’s plan to close state-run facilities operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice and transfer juveniles to county-based facilities. The editorial does a…

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How to Hire a Los Angeles Juvenile Defense Attorney

Jerod Gunsberg, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer

If your child is in trouble in Los Angeles or anywhere in California, and you have begun to interview criminal defense attorneys you are likely left with a dizzying array of facts, predictions, and consequences about your child’s situation.  It is important…

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