Redondo Beach, Two Strike Offense, Plea to No Strikes, HOP
At the next stop, our client and his friend followed the boy with the knife off the bus. The bus then continued on its route, out of view.Overview: Client, age 17, and friend punch and kick classmate, leaving him unconscious, client charged with two strikes, case resolved for no strikes and Home on Probation.
Our client and his friend continued the teasing until the other boy stopped and turned toward them as if to fight. Our client’s friend then punched the other boy in the face, knocking him down. Our client’s friend then kicked him in the head. Our client joined in, kicking the boy on the sidewalk. He later admitted to kicking the boy three times while he was on the ground. The boy was taken to Torrance Memorial Hospital, which described him having a chipped tooth and a concussion.
The probation department initially determined that our client was ineligible for probation due to the seriousness of the charges, unless it was found that this was an extraordinary case.
The initial offer was 180 days in camp, followed by 30 days of community service and three years of probation. The client would also have to admit to a strike offense.
Greg Hill then proceeded to show the prosecutor it was an extraordinary case. It took multiple talks with the supervising prosecutor for the Inglewood Juvenile Court, but eventually, the plea bargain was reduced to no camp and no strike.
The client was permitted to plead to a violation of Penal Code section 243(d), which is not a strike for a juvenile. It was a major breakthrough for the client, who would consequently be able to complete high school on time, although the plea bargain required him to perform 30 days of community service, attend ten anger management classes and serve 90 days on electronic home monitoring and house arrest when not at school, doctor’s appointments or community service. The client and his family were very relieved not to have a strike on his record and he was eligible for reduction of the conviction to a misdemeanor upon completion of one year of probation.
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