Bisel Logo  Pennsylvania Juvenile Delinquency & Dependency Law
2018 Edition

AUTHORS: BRANDON H. ZANAN, ESQ.
and ERIC J. COX, JR., ESQ.

Published: December, 2017 (2018 Edition)
(Prior Editions: 1976 (by Palmieri), 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013 - 2017)
Most recent supplement/update: N/A
Library of Congress Control Number: 2005938743
ISBN: 978-0-9839159-3-5

1 VOLUME; SOFT-BOUND, PRICE: $169.00



New For 2018 Edition

  • Right to Remain Silent
  • Mandatory Life Sentencing
  • Defenses
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Challenge to the Weight of the Evidence
  • Dispositions
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Evidence



    A Practical Guide to Rules and Procedures in Processing Juvenile Court Cases — With Forms

    This soft-cover book is meant to serve as a basic introduction to Pennsylvania Juvenile Delinquency & Dependency Law, and it is a "must-have" for the attorney who practices in this area of the law. This book will provide a practical, Pennsylvania-oriented guide for the use of anyone involved with the problems encountered in handling youth who are in trouble with the law. It serves as a step-by-step guide through the juvenile court system from start to finish. Among its highlights are the inclusion of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act and the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, which provide an all-inclusive reference guide to juvenile law practitioners. The book sets forth a broad overview of the juvenile court system and identifies and sets forth the roles of the key players of the system. It contains the top ten rules-of-thumb for a juvenile defense attorney, as well as providing numerous forms, petitions, court orders and charts to help a juvenile attorney navigate with ease through the system. The emphasis of the book is on juvenile delinquency, and the goal is to make available a basic "how to" outline of the rules and procedures involved in processing juvenile court cases.

           

    Chapter 1
    INTRODUCTION
    § 1.1. The Purpose of This Book
    § 1.2. Introduction to the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act
    § 1.3. Purpose of “The Act”
    § 1.4. Juvenile Justice Structure
    § 1.5. Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice

    Chapter 2
    Role of Judiciary in Juvenile Court Operations
    § 2.1. Purpose of the Juvenile Court
    § 2.2. Role of the Judge
    § 2.3. Role of Probation Department
      § 2.3.1. Intake/Initial Screening
      § 2.3.2. Investigation
      § 2.3.3. Supervision (Probation Supervision and Post-Commitment Supervision)
    § 2.4. Role of Counsel
      § 2.4.1. Role of Prosecutors
      § 2.4.2. Role of Defense Counsel

    Chapter 3
    Jurisdiction of the Juvenile Courts and Transfer
    § 3.1. Role of Counsel
    § 3.2. Role of Counsel
      § 3.2.1. Role of Prosecutors
    § 3.3. Capacity to Commit a Crime
      § 3.3.1. Defense of Infancy
    § 3.4. Transfer
      § 3.4.1. Discretionary Transfer
      § 3.4.2. Automatic Transfer to Criminal Proceedings
      § 3.4.3. Transfer from Criminal Proceedings
      § 3.4.4. Representing Your Client in Transfer or Decertification Proceedings

    Chapter 4
    Stages of the Proceedings
    § 4.1. Introduction
    § 4.2. Intake
      § 4.2.1. Contents of Petition
      § 4.2.2. Attorney Representation
      § 4.2.3. Discovery
      § 4.2.4. Motion Procedures
      § 4.2.5. Summonses, Notices, and Subpoenas
      § 4.2.6. Preservation of Testimony
    § 4.3. Informal Detention Hearing
      § 4.3.1. Alternatives to Secure Detention
    § 4.4. Adjudication Hearing
      § 4.4.1. Time Frame for Adjudication
      § 4.4.2. Consent Decree
      § 4.4.3. Agreed Upon Adjudication
      § 4.4.4. Plea-Bargaining
    § 4.5. Disposition Hearing
      § 4.5.1. Possible Dispositions
    § 4.6. Disposition Review
      § 4.6.1. Review Procedures
      § 4.6.2. Probation Violations
    § 4.7. Administrative Review

    Chapter 5
    Procedural Rights of Juveniles
    § 5.1. Procedural Rights of Juveniles in General
    § 5.2. Due Process
      § 5.2.1. Right to Remain Silent
      § 5.2.2. Search and Seizure
      § 5.2.3. Right to Due Process in Schools
      § 5.2.4. Notice of Charges
      § 5.2.5. Right to Counsel
      § 5.2.6. Right to Bail
      § 5.2.7. Right to a Timely Adjudication Hearing
      § 5.2.8. Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
      § 5.2.9. Trial by Jury
      § 5.2.10. Admission of Hearsay
      § 5.2.11. Right to Call and Confront Witnesses
      § 5.2.12. Double Jeopardy
      § 5.2.13. Habeas Corpus
      § 5.2.14. Right to a Public Trial
      § 5.2.15. Expungement of Record

    Chapter 6
    Defending Juveniles
    § 6.1. Competency
    § 6.2. Case Familiarity
    § 6.3. Motions
      § 6.3.1. Contents of a Motion
      § 6.3.2. Pre-Adjudicatory Motions
    § 6.4. Detention Hearings
    § 6.5. Pre-Trial Preparations
    § 6.6. Adjudication
    § 6.7. Disposition
    § 6.8. Post-Disposition Representation
      § 6.8.1. Appeals

    Chapter 7
    The Attorney
    § 7.1. The Attorney’s Role
    § 7.2. Juvenile Defense Attorney: The Basics
    § 7.3. Seven Steps to Effective Juvenile Representation
    § 7.4. Attorney’s Fees
      § 7.4.1. Indigent Clients
    § 7.5. Prosecutor’s Role in a Juvenile Case
      § 7.5.1. Disposition or Sentencing
      § 7.5.2. Victim’s Rights

    Chapter 8
    Delinquency Disposition
    § 8.1. Delinquency Dispositions in General
      § 8.1.1. Disposition Hearings
    § 8.2. Disposition Options
      § 8.2.1. Probation
      § 8.2.2. Restitution and Community Service
      § 8.2.3. Commitment
      § 8.2.4. Alternate Dispositions

    Chapter 9
    Impact of Juvenile Adjudications on an Adult Criminal Record
    § 9.1. Prior Record Score
    § 9.2. Retail Theft
    § 9.3. Admissibility of a Juvenile Adjudication Against an Adult Criminal Defendant
    § 9.4. Driving After Imbibing Alcohol or Utilizing Drugs

    Chapter 10
    Immigration Concerns
    § 10.1. Inadmissible vs. Deportable Actions/Offenses
      § 10.1.1. Deportable Actions
      § 10.1.2. Inadmissible Actions
    § 10.2. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
    § 10.3. Referral of Juvenile to CIS

    Chapter 11
    Recent Developments and the Future
    § 11.1. Death Penalty
    § 11.2. Mandatory Life Sentences [New]
    § 11.3. Juvenile Sex Offender Registration [New]
    § 11.4. Juvenile Court Rules of Procedure
    § 11.5. The Future

    Chapter 12
    Special Issues in Juvenile Advocacy
    § 12.1. Juveniles Charged with Violations of Federal Law
    § 12.2. Parental Liability for Tortious Acts of a Child
    § 12.3. Summary Offenses
    § 12.4. Prosecution of Sex Offenses Against Juveniles
    § 12.5. Commitment of Minors to Drug Treatment
    § 12.6. Operating Privilege Suspensions
    § 12.7. How Old Do You Have to Be?

    Chapter 13
    Practice Tips for Dependency Cases
    § 13.1. Dependency Practice Generally
      § 13.1.1. Opening a Dependency Case
      § 13.1.2. Truancy
      § 13.1.3. Abuse/Neglect
      § 13.1.4. Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Placement
      § 13.1.5. Dependency Petition
      § 13.1.6. Shelter Care Hearing
      § 13.1.7. Adjudication
      § 13.1.8. Post Adjudication and Placement
      § 13.1.9. Permanency Review Hearings
      § 13.1.10. Permanency and Termination of Court Supervision
    § 13.2. Child Protective Services Law
    § 13.3. Bench Warrants
    § 13.4. Educational Decision Maker (EDM)
    § 13.5. Duties of Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
    § 13.6. Order for Protective Custody
    § 13.7. Psychological Assessments
    § 13.8. Application to File a Private Petition
    § 13.9. Strengthening Families and Normalcy for Children in Foster Care
    § 13.10. Sex Trafficking
    § 13.11. Finding of Aggravated Circumstances
    § 13.12. Hearing on Motion for Resumption of Jurisdiction
     
    Appendixes
    A.Forms
    B.The Juvenile Act
    C.Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure
    D.Juvenile Delinquency & Dependency Related Statutes

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