Mary was cited for marijuana on school grounds under H&S 11357(e).
- For first time offenders, the Prosecutor’s standard offer is completion of a drug‐ counseling class for dismissal of the petition. This offer was conveyed to Mary’s Defense Attorney prior to her court appearance.
- When Mary and her mother appeared in court for arraignment, her mother stated, in open court, that Mary is a Regional Center consumer (Links to an external site.). When the court inquired, the mother replied that Mary is intellectually disabled with an IQ of 63.
Vignette Two: Johnny
Johnny was detained on allegations of fondling his brothers through their pajamas while they slept in the same bed at night. He was charged with several counts of PC 288(a).
- The Probation Officer recommended suitable placement as a disposition. A confidential defense expert opined that Johnny is incompetent to stand trial due to autism spectrum disorder. Johnny is solely focused on his release from juvenile hall.