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The juvenile justice process

Imagine that you are an attorney, specializing in juvenile justice cases. You receive a phone call from Mrs. I whose 15-year old has been arrested for stealing a car, driving without a license, and finally crashing it into a storefront. Mrs. I is distraught and concerned that her child will be held in the county jail and abused. The maximum sentence that can be assessed is 6 years in prison to a minimum of 200 hours of community service and 2 weeks in the county's boot camp program.

* How will you respond to Mrs. I? Provide a small narrative if necessary to demonstrate your approach toward the client.

* What are the steps in the juvenile justice process that must be taken to defend Mrs. I's teenager? Provide steps and how you would approach making sure every step is handled for this case.

* In your opinion. If you were the judge, how would you judge and sentence this case, understanding that the 15-year old committed the crime described?

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* How will you respond to Mrs. I? Provide a small narrative if necessary to demonstrate your approach toward the client.

As her 15 year old son has been detained by the police, there will first be a detention hearing. During this hearing your lawyer will seek the release of your son to you. However, the incident in which your son has been involved is serious. There are three violations, stealing a car, driving without license, and crashing it at a storefront. It is likely that your son will be detained. Your son will not be held at the county jail but will be held at a juvenile detention center. Even at those centers your son will be held separately because he is a new detainee. The Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Act (1974) requires that juvenile offenders be detained at separate facilities' from that of adults. Further, the act requires that status offenders be ...

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