Juvenile Penal Code section 242/243(a) Misdemeanor Charges – Welfare & Institutions Code § 654 Informal Diversion Granted!

At the time of the alleged offense, my client was twelve (12) years old and had lost his father to end stage pancreatic cancer. My client allegedly battered his mother when she was attempting to take his X-Box game console away from him, causing a cut on her arm and bruising. My client had no prior juvenile criminal history and he was regarded as a well-behaved child.

I provided the probation department and the prosecution with a mitigation package that showed that my client was described as a well-behaved child suffering from the loss of his father. I also attached school documentation showing that he was performing well in school and documentation that he and his family were attending counseling.

After reviewing the documentation and conducting its own investigation, the probation department determined that in lieu of filing a petition, the matter should be referred for a program of supervision not to exceed six months.

If my client performs successfully under the program of supervision, after six months the matter will be sealed without him ever having to plea to the charges!


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