Juvenile Case Studies

Criminal Trespass & Criminal Mischief

My client, a 14-year old child, ran away from home to spend time with negative peers. He later broke into a residential building, broke items causing damage, and smoked marijuana. For the alleged conduct he was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

I worked with the child and his family to create a plan for improving the child’s behavior. After a short period of informal supervision, I secured dismissal of all charges.

Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana Vape Pen

My 16-year old client was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was attending his local High School when a fellow student reported that the client possessed THC cartridges. A drug dog alerted on the student and the student was arrested.

Like many of the juveniles I represent, this individual had an undiagnosed mental health condition. The child had been self-medicating with THC products to cope with the symptoms of his illness. I worked with the family and child to place the child in appropriate treatment, counseling, and medication management. Ultimately, I secured dismissal of the felony possession of controlled substance marijuana charge.

Possession of Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone – Xanax & THC

My client had been caught at school with THC products and unprescribed Xanax. The search of my client was conducted illegally. I challenged the illegal search and seizure of the alleged substances. The case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence and pre-adjudication work.

Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle & Possession of Controlled Substance – Cocaine

My client was alleged to have driven a stolen vehicle with three other juveniles in the vehicle. The vehicle was pulled over and cocaine was found under the driver side floorboard. My client entered a plea of “Not True” (the juvenile equivalent of Not Guilty).

The District Attorney sought to adjudicate my client in a Trial Before the Court, also known as a contested Adjudication Hearing. I defended my client and challenged the evidence supporting the notion that he was the child driving the vehicle. Ultimately, I proved that there was insufficient evidence to prove that my client had been the actual driver. I won a “Not True” verdict and the child was released on all charges. The record was immediately sealed.

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

My client, a very young child, was alleged to have repeatedly had sexual contact with a sibling. My client suffered from severe mental health issues and learning disabilities. The underlying conduct was outside the norm for sexual offense cases. The child’s intellectual, emotional, and psychological disabilities contributed to substantial behavior problems throughout the pendency of the case.

Working collaboratively with the District Judge, District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Probation, and adolescent sexual misbehavior experts, I ultimately secured my client’s release from juvenile detention and placement at a facility for the education and treatment of adolescents with sexual behavior problems.

My client entered a “Judicial Confession”, a specific type of interim resolution in a juvenile case. Upon successful completion of all sex offender therapy and aftercare, the charges are dismissed, and sex offender registration is waived.

Possession of Controlled Substance – 1st Degree Felony

My client, an intelligent young person with a bright future ahead, was caught distributing baked goods containing marijuana and THC at school. Law enforcement officials brought First Degree Felony drug charges against my client. The young person was looking at up to a forty (40) year sentence.

My independent inquiries of the matter lead to the conclusion that law enforcement had erred in the conduct of their routine police investigation. The school police had failed to properly secure the evidence and had failed to adequately interview relevant witnesses. I was able to secure an outright rejection of the First-Degree Felony charges. The matter was later sealed.

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