What is Deferred Entry of Judgement (W & I § 790)?
The goal of the criminal adult system is to “retribution,” while the goal of the juvenile justice system is “rehabilitation.” As a result, the juvenile justice system provides some alternatives for select minors that avoid being formally “convicted” of crime.
A minor charged with a felony may be eligible for a program called Deferred Entry of Judgment under Welfare and Institutions Code section 790. A prosecutor will review the charges against the minor and determine if the minor is eligible for deferred entry of judgment. In order to be eligible, the minor must meet the following criteria:
- The minor has not previously been declared to be a ward of the court for the commission of a felony offense.
- The offense charged is not one of the offenses enumerated in subdivision (b) of Section 707.
- The minor has not previously been committed to the custody of the Youth Authority.
- The minor’s record does not indicate that probation has ever been revoked without being completed.
- The minor is at least 14 years of age at the time of the hearing.
- The minor is eligible for probation pursuant to Section 1203.06 of the Penal Code.
The minors’ petition will be DISMISSED if successfully completed.
Why Hire the Mortlock Law Group?
The North County San Diego juvenile defense lawyers of Mortlock Law Group have successfully handled many juvenile clients’ cases resulting in 790 dismissals even with charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds and other crimes. A minor who is charged with the commission of a felony offense, may be eligible for Deferred Entry of Judgment if they meet these requirements.
If you or your child have been charged with a juvenile crime, contact the Mortlock Law Group for a free consultation.