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  • The Juvenile Series: Juveniles in Adult Court

    Monday October 16th, 2017 There are certain crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, sex offenses and possession of a firearm, that could warrant a minor being automatically charged as an adult, thereby skipping the Juvenile Court altogether. In these cases, the juvenile’s lawyer can request a transfer hearing to send the juvenile back to ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: What does placement in the juvenile system mean?

    Monday October 09th, 2017 When the court decides to send a child to placement, it means the child will be taken away from their parent or guardian’s home and sent to a placement home or what I call “kiddie jail”. This recommendation is reserved for the most egregious crimes or for repeat offenders. Cheltenham ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: Department of Juvenile Services (DJS)

    Monday October 02nd, 2017 When DJS decides to forward a case to Juvenile Court, then the case goes through the process of a criminal circuit case. The child is arraigned in front of the Judge. A prosecutor representing the State prosecutes the case. After evidence is produced, there could be a ... Read more
  • The Juvenile Series: How Does the Juvenile System Work?

    Wednesday September 20th, 2017 When a child has been charged with a crime, the police officer takes the case to the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) for investigation. Some of the more common crimes for juveniles are assault (i.e. fighting in school), theft (from other students or department stores), and possession of a ... Read more
  • My Motivation

    Wednesday September 13th, 2017 I was recently asked by a potential client what is my motivation when I represent people. I smiled thinking about my earlier post about loving what I do. I stated in that post that, “If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be that nosy relative who wanted to ... Read more
  • In Juvenile Court:

    Friday August 04th, 2017 When my client’s mother says to me, “Thank you so much for fighting for my son, we appreciate all that you did. We would never have won the case without you, but please understand I hope to never need your services again.” I totally understand, just send me referrals : ) Read more
  • You have the right to remain silent…does your child know that?

    Wednesday July 26th, 2017 Most adults know Miranda warnings because we have seen it in movies and on television shows. Does your minor child know they also have the right to remain silent? Most minor children (everyone under the age of 18 years) who are suspects in a crime are approached by the police ... Read more
  • This is not Hollywood

    Wednesday July 19th, 2017 Teenagers have this new craze where they are committing a crime and their friends are recording the crime on their cellphones. As if that is not _____ (insert your choice of words here) enough, they post these videos on social media and you can hear laughter in the background. Honestly, ... Read more
  • If you are a victim of a hit and run – Call 911

    Wednesday June 28th, 2017 Typically, you are in shock and disbelief when you are a victim of a hit and run. Calling the police immediately is essential because they need to take a report of the crime at the scene of the accident. The police report makes it easier for you to open an ... Read more
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI): It Happens More Than You Think

    Monday June 19th, 2017 A lot of people shrink back in shock. “He got charged with a DUI?!”, they ask with condemnation. What people don’t realize is that this happens more often than imagined. To be honest, drinking is hardly unusual. It can be a symptom of a problem such as relationship issues or ... Read more