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Name: In re R.G.
Case #: E067486
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 2
Opinion Date: 12/11/2017

Juvenile court's order declaring minor a ward of the court reversed where assessment and report prepared pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 241.1 was untimely and inadequate. In July 2013, the juvenile court declared the minor a dependent of the court. In October 2016, while the minor remained a dependent, a delinquency petition was filed (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 602) alleging the minor had committed misdemeanor battery (Pen. Code, § 242). The juvenile court denied the minor's request to refer the matter for an assessment and report (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 241.1), and the minor admitted the…

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Name: In re Amanda A.
Case #: A144797
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 2
Opinion Date: 11/20/2015

Where minor probationer expressed intent to disobey future, but imminent, order of probation officer, she did not "resist or obstruct a peace officer" (Pen. Code, § 148, subd. (a)(1)). The minor had a history of arrests and running away from placements. Several delinquency petitions had been filed against her (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 602). In February 2015, the minor was declared a ward, placed on probation, and held at juvenile hall pending placement in a group home. The probation officer filed a notice of probation violation because, when she told the minor that group home staff were on their…

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Name: In re M.V.
Case #: A137348
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 05/05/2014

The juvenile court properly declared the minor a ward and dismissed dependency jurisdiction where it was clear the minor needed a more secure placement. A wardship petition was filed (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 602), alleging that the minor, M.V., had agreed to engage in an act of prostitution. At the time, M.V. was a juvenile court dependent under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 based on her mother's refusal to care for her due to her suicidal tendencies and aggressive behavior. The juvenile court ordered the preparation of a Welfare and Institutions Code section 241.1 report to help determine…

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Name: In re Joey G.
Case #: D059598
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 05/23/2012

A minor cannot simultaneously be a dependent and a delinquent ward of the court. It is an abuse of discretion for a juvenile court to determine delinquency jurisdiction without following the protocol of Welfare and Institutions Code section 241.1 to determine which status will serve the minor's best interests and the protection of society. Joey, already a foster child pursuant to a Welfare and Institutions Code section 300 dependency action, was the subject of a petition for juvenile delinquency based on an allegation that he committed grand theft. Without a hearing pursuant to section 241.1, the court took jurisdiction…

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