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Mark Broughton > Juvenile Defense Charges

Your Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney for Juvenile Defense Charges

If a juvenile is charged with a crime then there is a juvenile delinquency court hearing. It is specifically for felonies and misdemeanors committed by minors.

Juvenile delinquency court is often referred to as 602 proceedings. Additionally, there are prosecutors and defense attorneys. But there are no juries.

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. In other words, the judge does not find a juvenile innocent or guilty.

Wards of the Court

Sometimes judges make a minor a “ward of the court.” With this intention, the court has primary responsibility for control plus treatment of the minor. If a minor is a ward of the court, then they can still serve probation at their home. Furthermore, in some cases the minor will be put into foster care, a group home or a county probation camp.


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What Happens if a Juvenile is Convicted?

It depends on the crime committed, however, a minor could face any of the following.

Accordingly, the purpose of the juvenile system is to enable rehabilitation.

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Occasionally, Juveniles are Tried as Adults

At the present time, minors will occasionally get tried as adults. When one of the following circumstances occurs.

  • If the minor personally killed a victim, then he/she may be tried as an adult.
  • In any case where arson caused great bodily injury. Additionally, arson related to an inhabited structure.
  • Rape by force, violence, or threat of great bodily harm.
  • Spousal rape by force, violence or threat of great bodily harm.
  • In any event of forcible sex in collaboration with another person.
  • Lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age that is by force, violence or threat of great bodily injury.
  • Forcible sexual penetration.
  • Sodomy or oral copulation that is by force, violence or threat of great bodily injury.

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, such as probation or community service.

Has your child or another minor member of your family been legally accused of committing a juvenile crime? If a minor member of your family has been arrested or charged with a crime, then it is essential to obtain legal council for help. Furthermore, it’s important to take juvenile charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. But hire an attorney who understands the situation and the consequences your family member faces.

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Your 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. Accordingly, he has conducted over 200 jury trials. Not only DUIs, drug cases, sex cases and domestic violence but also assaults, “three-strikes” cases and dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs. Also, gun/deadly weapons cases, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders and murders. Additionally, situations including special circumstance murder cases. He has received many outright, not guilty verdicts for his clients. And that’s in all of these types of cases. Plus several murder cases. Between 2005-2007, juries found his clients not guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is not only qualified as a death penalty lawyer, but also he’s on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California. Additionally, he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Plus 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. Therefore, he sees every individual’s situation not only with compassion but also with empathy. Moreover, Mark believes that people deserve the right to a fair trial. Plus they are innocent until proven guilty.

He, in addition, enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, i.e., going through the challenging criminal process.

Practice Areas

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

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