What is the status of juvenile justice in California? That’s the question on a lot of minds as the state prepares to shutter the Department of Juvenile Justice. The intention is to keep juvenile defendants in their local community and focus on rehabilitation rather than serving sentences in state-run juvenile lock-ups...Read More
Approximately 90%. That’s the percentage of juvenile detainees who reported being exposed to at least one traumatic event, called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These experiences include abuse, neglect, mental illness, addiction, growing up in a neighborhood marked by poverty, and more. The more trauma they’ve experienced, the higher their risk. Some estimates show that up...Read More
Someone you love has been accused of a crime. You feel blindsided. They can always count on you but here you are completely unprepared! It makes you feel absolutely helpless. You are not alone. Even children are no stranger to the criminal justice system these days. A recent Rutgers University study revealed that 1 in...Read More
You’ve been arrested. What if your friends and family find out? You’re worried about being seen as a criminal. You already feel judged. And you’re right because the “Presumption of Innocence” is more of an idea than a reality, according to a Dubin Research and Consulting survey that found 77% of 1,261 jury-eligible citizens believe...Read More
As a criminal defense attorney, I know that when someone steps into my office it is usually one of the worst moments of their lives. They are confused, vulnerable, and afraid of the worst-case scenario. They have often been unexpectedly arrested or charged and now find themselves trapped in a legal process that can have...Read More
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