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California Supreme Court Rules that Juvenile

California Supreme Court Rules that Juvenile "Strikes" Can be Used Under Three Strikes Law

The California Supreme Court held in the recent case of Superior Court v. Nguyen, that a juvenile who was adjudicated a ward of the court in Juvenile Court for a crime that would be considered a strike under California's Three Strike Laws will count as a strike if that juvenile offender commits another felony. The 6-1 decision of the California Supreme Court now allows prosecutors to allege a prior juvenile strike for purposes of increasing the punishment on any new felony committed as an adult.

If you or someone you know is charged with a serious crime in juvenile court, it is more important than ever to seek strong legal counsel that understands the implications of a juvenile being charged with a serious felony. Unlike other juvenile cases, this new law allows a juvenile adjudication (conviction) to affect that juvenile through his/her adult life. Contact Robert M. Bernstein at (310) 477-1480 for a free consultation today.


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