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Name: In re R.V.
Case #: A121376
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 3
Opinion Date: 02/19/2009
Summary

A condition of probation requiring a juvenile ward of the court to wear a global positioning system [GPS] device is not unconstitutional as it is expressly authorized by statute for adult offenders and broader conditions may be imposed on juveniles than adults. R.V. was granted juvenile probation after admitting vandalism and receiving stolen property with a gang enhancement. He violated his probation and on the recommendation of the probation officer, the court reinstated probation with a requirement that R.V. wear a global positioning unit to test R.V.’s ability to remain law abiding. Noting that a minor’s constitutional rights are more circumscribed than an adults, and juvenile conditions may be broader than those pertaining to adults because juveniles are in greater need of guidance and supervision, the court found the condition valid. The condition was reasonably related to the committing offense and to future criminality as the GPS alerted probation to minor’s whereabouts and reminded minor that he was on probation with his activities constantly being monitored.