Hermosa Beach, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, DEJ, Dismissal
Overview: Hermosa Beach, assault with a deadly weapon, seventeen-year-old son against his mother, delayed entry of judgment (DEJ) and dismissal.
The mother did this, moving in with a friend from work, and also arranged for her adult daughter from her earlier marriage to another man (not our client’s father) to move back home to act as the guardian for our client. This would allow our client to return to high school and stay current with his classes. This was quite a lucky break for our client, as his step-sister had to move back home from Riverside County and the mother was quite lucky to have such a close friend to accommodate her.
At the first hearing in the Inglewood Juvenile Court, Greg asked the judge hearing the case to allow our client to be released back to his family home, based upon our representation that another adult (not the mother) would be present to supervise the youth. The judge, however, imposed house arrest on our client, which required him to wear an anklet with a GPS device to track his every move. This was arranged through the probation department, which met our client at the juvenile detention facility at Los Padrinos in Downey before he was released to his step-sister.
At the second hearing, we received the probation officer’s report, which quite surprisingly recommended that our client be released to the custody of his mother. The District Attorney fought this energetically and the judge seemed to appreciate the DA’s concerns. Greg Hill, however, was able to prevail upon the judge and our client was indeed released to his mother’s custody, so she moved back into the family home. House arrest was also terminated.
In connection with the court’s approval to reunite the mother with her son, our client entered the delayed entry of judgment (DEJ) program, which first required a plea of no contest to one of the felony charges. The second charge was then dismissed.
On this program, our client will be rewarded in one year with the arrest being sealed (deleted from his record), a withdrawn plea, the complaint dismissed and the file sealed as if the incident never happened if he satisfies certain requirements. These requirements include attendance at 52 weekly anger management classes (so for an entire year), a strict 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, satisfactory grades and outstanding school attendance and violation of no laws. The client, his mom and Greg then were to attend monthly meetings at the Torrance juvenile probation department wherein a probation officer would monitor the client’s progress with anger management classes, his grades and his behavior at home.