Yes the judge can grant the defendants probation and still have them serve time in jail. Once the defendants complete their jail sentence they will remain on probation for a period of time and upon successful completion of probation they can petition the court to expunge their misdemeanors. There are a some misdemeanor offenses that are not eligible for expungement. Review California Penal Code Section 1203.4 for all the eligibility requirements for an expungement.
I agree with the other answers in that you need to consult with a lawyer asap. A lawyer can sit down with you and go over the facts in detail and if needed contact law enforcement or the DA and figure out what is going on.
PC 273.5 is not necessarily a strike offense. Your husband needs to consult with his attorney about what a plea would mean as far as a sentence and time he will serve. If your husband does plea to a strike offense the court will make sure that he is aware of all the consequences of the plea. He should do everything he can not to plead to a strike.
I imagine the reunification therapy is court ordered and the father simply not bringing the child to the sessions because the child claims he does not want to see you needs to be addressed in court. If the child is having those concerns then the child needs to be in individual therapy and progress back to joint sessions. Having the court appoint a minor's attorney would be very helpful. You should be seeing your child in some manner and take this issue to court.
You need to consult with a juvenile dependency attorney immediately. There are strict timelines in these cases and you do not simply have a right to sole or joint custody because you are a relative. Factors such as your contact with the kids, their desires for contact with you, how long they have been in the care of your sister, and the parents desires for permanent placement, are just some of the many issues that need to be talked about right away.
Yes you can be arrested because you are likely in violation of probation. Most formal probation conditions require you to notify the court and/or probation prior to leaving the state. I suggest contacting an attorney or the attorney who represented you and let them know your situation and talk about the best way to resolve the issue. You do not want a warrant hanging over you head.
The letter you received appears to be a civil demand letter and that is a separate issue from criminal charges being filed against you. There is no correlation between payment or non-payment of the civil demand and criminal charges being filed. These civil demands are rarely pursued if you do not pay. But you should consult with a criminal defense attorney in your town who is experienced in these kinds of theft cases for juveniles. They will likely have a good idea on what the chances are of...
She needs to call the court where she had her juvenile case. Ask them about the procedures and forms needed to petition to seal her record. It is typically a very easy procedure and she should be able to handle on her own.
Almost certainly your child will face suspension and/or expulsion proceedings at the school and likely face criminal charges. The statements and evidence gathered in the school proceeding will likely be the same type of evidence he will be facing in a criminal court so it is important for you to consult with an experienced attorney right away so they can working on the case. In addition, I would advise taking measures to address the failed drug test right away as it might take a little bit of...
If the 388 is going to be contested or if the court desires to hear further evidence on the issue, the court must hold a hearing on the 388 within 30 calendar days after the 388 petition is filed with the court. That is found in California Rules of Court 5.570(f). With that timeline in mind, I would expect that you will hear very shortly as to whether they will grant you a hearing.