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What Happens When a Juvenile is Charged with a Crime and Faces Fresno Juvenile Court?

When a juvenile is charged with a crime, then there is a juvenile delinquency court hearing. This court is specifically for both felonies and also misdemeanors committed by minors.

Juvenile delinquency court is often referred to as 602 proceedings. There are both prosecutors and also defense attorneys. However, there are no juries.
Instead of finding a juvenile either innocent or guilty, if the judge determines that the juvenile committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, then he/she will sustain the petition filed by the District Attorney.

Wards of the Court

Sometimes a judge makes a minor a ward of the court. In other words, the court carries primary responsibility for both control and also treatment of the minor.

If a minor becomes a ward of the court, then he or she can still serve probation at home.

In some cases, the minor will be put into either foster care, a group home or in a county probation camp.

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What Happens if a Juvenile is Convicted in Fresno Juvenile Court?

It depends on the crime committed. However, a minor could face one the following. Since the purpose of the juvenile system is to enable rehabilitation.

  • Either a fine or restitution
  • Community service
  • He or she may be required to attend a victim impact class
  • Placement into a foster home
  • Either probation or parole
  • Commitment to either a juvenile hall, ranch, or camp
  • Commitment to the Division of Juvenile Justice (aka CYA – California Youth Authority)

The purpose of the juvenile system is to enable rehabilitation.

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Juveniles Tried as Adults

Minors can be tried as adults in certain situations. For example:

  • Murder, where the minor personally killed the victim
  • Arson that caused either great bodily injury or injuries within an inhabited structure
  • Rape by force, violence, or threat of great bodily harm
  • Spousal rape by force, violence, or threat of great bodily harm
  • Forcible sex in collaboration with another person
  • Lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age by force, violence, or threat of great bodily injury
  • Forcible sexual penetration
  • Sodomy or oral copulation by force, violence, or threat of great bodily injury

Juvenile Delinquency

The Public Defender’s Office provides legal services to minors in the juvenile justice system. And a juvenile is entitled to appointed counsel.

For more useful information regarding the juvenile process, check out this JJC pamphlet.

And if you need a trusted, Juvenile Defense Lawyer who will fight for your loved one, contact Mark Broughton.

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Legal Defenses for Juvenile Crimes

The legal defenses for juvenile crimes focus on rehabilitation. If the defense attorney can prove that a minor can be rehabilitated, they will face lower penalties. For example, either probation or community service.

Has your child or another member of your family who is a minor has been legally accused of committing a juvenile crime? If a member of your family who is a minor has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take juvenile charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands the situation and the consequences your family member faces. Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney who will protect both the rights and also the future of your loved one.

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Your Juvenile Defense Attorney for Juvenile Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal White Collar Crimes, Violent Crimes, Gang Crimes, and Sex Crimes to name a few.

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Your Juvenile Defense Attorney for Juvenile Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal White Collar Crimes, Violent Crimes, Gang Crimes, and Sex Crimes to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

Related Areas of Practice:

Drug Possession

Drug Possession

Arson

Arson

Hit and Run

Hit and Run

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular Manslaughter

Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Gang Crimes

Gang Crimes

Rape

Rape

Violent Felonies

Violent Felonies

Drug Possession

Drug Possession

Arson

Arson

Hit and Run

Hit and Run

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular Manslaughter

Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Gang Crimes

Gang Crimes

Rape

Rape

Violent Felonies

Violent Felonies

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