What happens if a juvenile runs from the cops and gets caught? 15 Answers as of July 08, 2013

My friend was at a party and the cops were called. She was drunk and ran, but they caught her of course. They took her and gave her a court date, then released her for now. What could happen? We are in California.

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Law Office of Edward J. Blum
Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
She is charged w/ PC 148 (avoiding/evading the cops). She will be prosecuted in the juvenile court.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/28/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
You have not told me what she is charged with. If it is merely running from police it could be for obstructing and delaying an officer but then the police needed a good reason to be chasing her in the first place. If she is going to court she will need an attorney which the court will appoint unless you can afford one.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/28/2011
Law Office of Anthony Sessa
Law Office of Anthony Sessa | Anthony Sessa
If your friend does not get a lawyer, she will be convicted for resisting arrest, and possibly go to juvenile hall to serve a jail sentence.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/27/2011
Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
Depends on whether she has a juvenile record or not. If not, at worst she will be put on probation. No jail time or anything else.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/27/2011
Law Offices of James H. Dippery, Jr. | James H. Dippery, Jr.
She might be charged with a resisting arrest and more likely with a minor under the influence. If no prior record she might be eligible for a non-wardship probation. She should get an attorney, either retained or through the Public Defenders office. The worst thing will be the under the influence, since that will also impact her driver's license with the DMV.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    Evading police can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. From the facts you have given, she could receive probation and maybe community service.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Offices of George Woodworth & Associates
    Law Offices of George Woodworth & Associates | George Woodworth
    Depends on the exact evidence that the police have that she "ran." Did she know the police wanted to talk speciffically with her? What evidence do they have of that? Why would they be called to a party? Had she done anything wrong? Do they have any scientific evidence that she was "drunk?" They gave her a court date, and released herso she probably wasn't that drunk or guilty of something serious? These are all the questions that must be answered before an Attorney can properly advise her.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp.
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp. | Todd Landgren
    Your friend could be charged with "interferring with a police investigation", "resisting arrest" or possily "obstructing a police officer". There is no crime for running from the police. They also might charge a "drunk in public" depending on the level of intoxication. That charge, for a minor, means a one year loss of the driving license.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    She needs to hire a lawyer, because she is most likely being charged with either resisting arrest or fleeing the scene of a crime. Hope and pray that it's a misdemeanor and not a felony. Consult a lawyer ASAP before she does something foolish like talking to the wrong people and incriminating herself further.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts
    Law Office of Andrew Roberts | Andrew Stephen Roberts
    She will have to go to juvenile court with her parents and deal with this. This is serious as her license can be suspended.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    If your friend denies the allegations in the petition, a hearing is held. The child has the right to be represented by an attorney. At this hearing a judge hears the matter and decides whether your friend has committed the acts alleged in the petition. If the charges in the petition are not proven to the court's satisfaction, the judge will dismiss the case. If the judge decides that the charges are proven, he or she may rule that your friend is a status offender or a delinquent. A second juvenile court hearing is then held to determine what happens to your friend. If your friend is not considered to be dangerous to others, she may be put on probation. If it is determined that she is a serious offender she may be sent to a juvenile correction facility.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
    That depends on the charges and her criminal and social history. If it is only a "drunk in public," she will probably be scolded by the judge, ordered to do some community service, and perhaps a class on the dangers of excessive drinking and/or driving. If she is also charged with "resisting arrest," that is a little more serious but it is a misdemeanor and could subject her to some detention time. It depends on the charges, the jurisdiction, the judge, and the DA. To be on the safe side, she should consider hiring a criminal defense attorney familiar with juvenile procedures in her area.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    She could be prosecuted in juvem=nile court for resisting/delaying and a minor in possession, drunk in public. I said prosecuted I did not say convicted. Depending on her backgroun, little may happen. However, it would probably be a good move to talk to a defense attorney that handles juvenile matters.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    She could be charged with the misdemeanor of resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties [Penal Code 148(a)]. But you don't specify how the original contact started. If she was not lawfully detained, then she could run without committing a crime. Just running to avoid the police isn't a crime. For there to be a violation of 148, there must be a lawful detention to begin with. Either way, she'll need to be represented in court - either by an attorney her family hires to represent her or an appointed public defender. There may be alternative dispositions available to her to try and work this out without suffering any long-term consequences.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    I would expect her to be charged with penal code 148.1, resist, delay, obstructing an officer. When it over she will probably have to do some community service.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/27/2011
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