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JUVENILE‚ÄďADULT CRIMINAL COURT CROSSOVER CASE STUDY   more

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JUVENILE - ADULT CRIMINAL COURT CROSSOVER CASE STUDY

Criminal Defense Case Study

Matter: Juvenile — Adult Criminal Court Crossover Case Study

Summary #1:
16 year old Juvenile client charged as a primary accomplice with Burglary of a Habitation/Home Invasion, with firearms being the primary target. Client was IQ intelligent from a good supportive family, had an engaging personality when he chose to use it, and he had a number of things going for him in his life. But, as happens sometimes, the choices he was making weren't particularly sound.

Result #1:
We were able to communicate the client's good points to the prosecution and probation departments; we got a significant break when the complaining witness filed an affidavit of non-prosecution, and client, to his credit, kept his nose clean for a while -- all of which led to an agreed reduction of the charge and no formal punishment being assessed by the court.

Summary #2:
Before we actually received the result above in juvenile court, client decided he wasn't done with the poor choice world, and so got himself arrested for another burglary --- this time as a 17 year old,. Under Texas law that qualified him as an adult in Criminal District court. Having a felony conviction on your record as you're just starting out into the adult world is not a pleasant thing to contemplate, and his future was in some jeopardy.

Result #2:
Fortunately, we ran into yet another reasonable prosecutor on this case. He worked with me and the client's family, and we were able to put together a plan for a diversionary track. Essentially this meant that client would be on a pre-disposition form of probation for about a year, complete various conditions, and stay the course and out of trouble throughout. His family played a huge supportive role, client grew up and met his responsibilities, and the upshot was a felony dismissal with no criminal conviction. He'll have a clean slate, and be off paper entirely in about 10 months.

Highlights:
Sitting down with client and his mother near the end of his diversion period, and having an honest chat with a young man about how he needed to change his conduct and step up --- and then seeing him respond.

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