Assault (2nd Degree) and Burglary (2nd Degree) — Juvenile with Drug and Mental Health Issues
RESULT | Reduced charges and treatment
A young man allegedly assaulted his father by choking him, which was charged as a felony. The juvenile had substance abuse and mental health issues that had not been fully addressed. In this case, the defense was able to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor and family and individual counseling for the young man were put in place by the Court at sentencing. In a second case, the young man was accused of showing up at his counselor’s office and threatening him with a weapon. The defense was able to resolve the case without a long jail sentence by getting the juvenile accepted to the CLIP program (Children’s Long Term Inpatient Treatment) to deal with his mental health and substance abuse issues, which the Court agreed were at the root of his criminal conduct.