Felony Penal Code section 459, “Second Degree Burglary of a Vehicle” Case Completely Dismissed and Sealed for Juvenile Client that Successfully Completed the District Attorney’s Office JOIN Program!

At the time of this offense, our client was seventeen (17) years old and was arrested for stealing items from a parked vehicle. Our client had no prior arrests or juvenile offenses and was charged with violating Penal Code section 459, “Second Degree Burglary of a Vehicle,” a felony.

At his arraignment, we provided the prosecution with an equities package detailing the minor’s lack of prior criminal history, his good grades and behavior in school, and his participation in extracurricular activities, such as his high school’s associated student body program. We argued that in light of the minor’s positive circumstances, his matter should be considered for a diversion program. The prosecution agreed and the minor was referred for consideration in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office “Juvenile Offender Intervention Network” (JOIN) program.

An attorney from our office, the minor, and the minor’s mother met with the Deputy District Attorney assigned to coordinate the JOIN program and, after an extensive interview regarding the minor’s behavior and circumstances of the underlying offense, the Deputy District Attorney accepted our client into the JOIN program.

As part of the JOIN program, our client was required to complete 50 hours of community service, attend counseling sessions, complete a juvenile intervention course, and write a report on what he learned by participating in the program.

Our client successfully completed the program requirements and our client’s case was completely dismissed and sealed! This is a great result for our client!

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