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Name: In re Veronique P.
Case #: F043917
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 5 DCA
Opinion Date: 06/04/2004

The 14-year-old minor admitted that she committed a violation of Penal Code section 245, subdivision (a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon. The court designated her offense as falling within section Welfare and Institutions Code section 707, subdivision (b). On appeal, the minor argued that the trial court erred in making this designation because she was only 14 years old when she committed the offense. The appellate court disagreed and affirmed. The age limitation of section 707, subdivision (b), does not preclude a court from utilizing the list of crimes contained in that section for other authorized purposes for minors younger than 16. The offense committed was one which was on the list of offenses, and the designation necessary because it was relevant to other statutes which reference it.