Archive for Juvenile Crimes

School Officials Believe Rosary Beads Are Gang Symbol

  • September 18, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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A guest blogger, Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew Bouvier-Brown, comes to us this week with his take on a bizarre incident in which a Colorado high school student had his rosary beads confiscated by school authorities?  Why?  They believed that the…

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…

Minor Charged With Committing Lewd Acts At Day Care Center

  • August 14, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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A 14-year-old was arrested on August 7 near Sacramento for suspicion of committing lewd acts at a day care center owned by his mother. As a juvenile criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles, I know that lewd acts sounds like…

Hate Crimes Confusion in Los Angeles

  • April 9, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Los Angeles, if you believe the statistics, has very few hate crimes. In a city with a population of almost 4 million, the FBI reported that in 2010 fewer than 200 crimes constituted hate crimes.  This figure is almost certainly…

U.S. Supreme Court: Life Without Parole For Juveniles

  • March 20, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Tomorrow morning the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that will determine whether it is unconstitutional for a state to sentence juveniles who commit murder to life in prison without parole. As reported in the…

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.

Criminalizing Cheating on the SATs

  • January 23, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Prosecutors across the country are beginning to bring criminal charges in cases where students have been accused of cheating on standardized tests. The most publicized comes out of New York State.  In November 2011, two students turned themselves in after…

Your Kid Got Arrested For a Schoolyard Fight, Now What?

  • November 15, 2011
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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One of the toughest things I see as juvenile defense attorney is kids getting arrested and charged with felonies for things that could be resolved in school.  For example:  A kid gets in a schoolyard fight, the school dean overreacts…

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…

Juvenile Residential Burglary in Adult Cases

  • October 13, 2010
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Residential burglary is one of the many controversial aspects of California’s three strikes law, especially how it is used in juvenile offenses.  Many attorneys believe that since residential burglary is not a “juvenile strike” under Welfare and Institutions Code 707(b), that there…

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