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Client Released from Juvenile Secure Detention Facility

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

This afternoon I (attorney Dan Nevins) represented a young man in Berks County Juvenile Court. He had originally been charged as an adult in a “direct file” armed robbery case in Reading, Pennsylvania. Charged as an adult he was facing many years in state prison if convicted. We successfully moved for decertification to Juvenile Court where there is a balance between protection of the community and rehabilitation of the youthful offender.

My young client was sent to a secure treatment facility approximately 6 months ago. Much to his credit he successfully completed the four tier program in about half as much time as is typical. As a result, he walked out of court today and returned to his family. The victim was present in the courtroom and seemed genuinely pleased that the young man turned his life around. Hopefully, he will continue to be another example of how the Juvenile Justice System in Berks County is keeping the community safe while rehabilitating delinquent youths.

Juvenile Decertification Granted in Reading PA Robbery Case

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Today, I (Attorney Dan Nevins) represented a 17 year old young man on allegations of armed Robbery.  Under those circumstances, it was considered a “direct file” offense.  This means that although the defendant is technically a juvenile, he was prosecuted as though he was an adult.  When I undertook representation of this client several weeks ago my immediate objective was to get his case transferred from adult court to juvenile court.  This was particularly important since he was facing the possibility of a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence if he was ultimately convicted in adult court. 

After negotiating with attorneys for the Commonwealth as well as the police prosecutor I was able to persuade them to move for a transfer of prosecution.  Today, a Berks County Judge issued an order transferring the case to Juvenile Court.  Thankfully, my youthful client will be able benifit from the treatment and rehabilitation of the juvenile system rather than suffer a legnthy state prison sentence in the adult system. 

If you or your child faces a serious criminal charge in Berks County PA call now to arrange a no-cost consultation.  We are also available to meet with defendants and juveniles who are locked up in Berks County Prison or the Berks County Youth Center.