Archive for Juvenile Court Procedure

Brain Scan Evidence Impacts Sentences Received by Juveniles

  • August 18, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

Trying Juveniles As Adults In Southern California

  • June 10, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

When Truancy Leads To Jail Time

  • May 31, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

Los Angeles Unified School District’s Police Department

  • April 29, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

When Young Children Are Accused of California Crimes

  • April 18, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

Should LA Juvenile Proceedings Be Open To The Public?

  • February 14, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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.

NYT Editorial On Juvenile Justice Too Idealistic

  • January 17, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

How To Hire A Los Angeles Juvenile Defense Attorney

  • November 13, 2010
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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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…

Will My Child Be In Juvenile Court or Adult Court?

  • January 8, 2010
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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There are many factors that determine whether or not a case is heard in adult court or heard in juvenile court. This article discusses those factors and the process for determining whether a child is treated as a juvenile or an adult.

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