"When I met with Doug Maner about representing my son in Juvenile court, I was immediately impressed with both his demeanor and appearance. When we spoke about my issues, my first impression was immediately reinforced. He was very clear, very obliging, very responsive and 'super on the ball.'
Being in sales myself, great customer service always rings a bell for me. Doug Maner was someone who always got back to me right away. My calls were always answered in a very timely manner, my questions always answered to my complete satisfaction. His courtroom appearance was totally professional. His client services are impeccable. And, he did a really great job defending my son.
I would highly recommend him to anyone."
WHEN YOUR CHILD‘S FUTURE IS AT STAKE, YOU WANT AN EXPERT TO DEFEND HIM/HER. CALL DOUG MANER AT 209-581-2985 OR BY CELL AT 209-315-5898 AND SEE HOW HIS EXPERT JUVENILE LEGAL DEFENSE SERVICES CAN HELP YOU.
If your child has been arrested, contact an attorney immediately. The Law Office of Doug Maner has successfully represented scores of juveniles in court, many times having charges dismissed entirely. We are well-prepared to assist you with your juvenile case.
In the instance of criminal juvenile court cases, all records are confidential and you will need an attorney‘s assistance, most likely, to access this information. If your case is in Family Court, your files will not be confidential and may be accessed through the court clerk's office.
Unanimously approved by the Senate and passed by the House shortly after, the law prohibits and state receiving Federal funding, and eliminates an exception that allowed for children to be held in adult facilities while awaiting trial.
The new law, mandates states that receive federal funding to collect data on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system and to devise plans for addressing disparate treatment. It bans shackling of pregnant girls and provides funding for tutoring, mental health, and drug and alcohol programs for juveniles.
UCLA researchers recently reported that more than 32,000 youth are incarcerated in adult facilities each year.
In October of 2018, Governor Brown signed a new law into legislation designed to reduce mass incarceration and promote the rehabilitation of young offenders.
Under Senate Bill 1398, 14 and 15 year olds can no longer be tried as adults. Children under 16 will be detained in a juvenile facility whereas previously they could be detained in an adult prison.
Governor Brown said, "My view is that we should continue to work toward a more just system that respects victims, protects public safety, holds youth accountable, and also seeks a path of redemption and reformation whenever possible."
Additionally, SB439 prohibits the prosecution of children under 12 in Juvenile Court, except in cases of murder or rape. Other cases will be redirected to dependency court, child protective services, mental health counseling, and other services available at the local level.
As of 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported that there were 310 youth serving JLWOP (Juvenile Life without Parole) sentences in California for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.*
For further questions, or if you are in need of juvenile defense counsel, contact Doug Maner.
UNDERSTANDING THE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY SYSTEM. Pamphlet written for young people in the system, to help them understand what is going om every step of the way and what everything means. Help for making good choices and being empowered to reach the best possible outcome.
Books Not Bars, a project of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has issued an excellent primer — YOUR CHILD and the JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. Tips On How to Advocate for Your Child in the Juvenile Justice System. Download Here
Recent amendments to Welfare and Institutions Code section 786 (effective January 1, 2016) clarified the process for sealing records for a minor who satisfactorily completes informal supervision or probation. To provide standardized implementation of the amended statute, the Judicial Council has adopted a new rule of court and has made appropriate forms available:
Effective July 1, 2016
How to Ask the Court to Seal Your Records (JV-595-INFO) (link to downloadable PDF)
Request to Seal Juvenile Records (JV-595) (external link to PDF)
Dismissal and Sealing Of Records—Welfare and Institutions Code Section 786 (JV-596) (external link to PDF)
Order to Seal Juvenile Records—Welfare and Institutions Code Section 781 (JV-590) (external link to PDF)
Acknowledgment of Juvenile Record Sealed (JV-591) (external link to PDF)
(For agencies that must advise the court of their compliance with the court's sealing order)