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.
"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."
Doug Maner's expertise includes juvenile law delinquency cases. He was the first attorney in Stanislaus County to be approved by the Stanislaus County Superior Court to represent minors in juvenile court pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 5.664. Juvenile court is vastly different than adult court and requires additional skills, knowledge and patience. Doug has handled many transfer hearings where minors are determined by the court fit to remain in juvenile court for prosecution, or remanded to adult court where the consequences are infinitely more severe.
Two new laws, passed just in the last week, put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion. Sponsored jointly by State Senator Holly J. Mitchell and State Senator Recardo Lara, the bills are known as #EquityandJustice, SB 180 and SB190.
Senator Mitchell, the bills' author said, “Sadly, too many poor kids and kids of color today are more likely to end up as victims of the juvenile justice system. If one believes that our children will be tomorrow’s leaders then we must look through a child-development lens. These bills help provide the appropriate resources and policies to get them there."
SB180, the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement Act (RISE Act), seeks to repeal specified sections of Health & Safety Code 11370.2 to remove sentencing enhancements that can add multiple additional three-year terms of incarceration for each prior conviction of nonviolent drug offenses.
“What this bill is simply saying is, ‘If I committed a crime in the past, served my time in the past, I should not automatically, for a nonviolent drug offense have three-plus years added to my sentence when all of these other enhancements are currently on the books and the judge can use their discretion to currently augment my sentence for the current crime at hand,’” said Mitchell in a June Assembly hearing. (quoted, East Bay Express, 09/15/17)
SB 190, meanwhile, ends the assessment and collection of administrative fees imposed on families and youth within the juvenile justice system. In the past, when a youth is placed in a detention facility, parents can be charged up to $30/day for juvenile hall and $17/day for ankle monitoring. Research shows that low-income youth and children of color, are more likely to end up in the juvenile justice system, (Public Policy Institute of CA) and as Sen. Mitchell points out, their families are the least likely to be able to afford these fees.
Doug is on top of the newest changes in the law. If you unfortunately have a child caught up in the juvenile "justice " system, be sure that you have the best advocate possible to minimize their punishment and safeguard their future.
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)
If your child has been arrested, please 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.
As of 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported that there were 310 youth serving LWOP (Life without Parole) sentences in California for crimes committed when they were under the age of 18. *
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
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.
For further questions, or if you are in need of juvenile defense counsel, contact Doug Maner.