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Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson’s Answers

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  • How long does information stay in the Child Abuse index? Can the information be taken off?

    How long does information stay on the chid abuse Index was it is reported? If child abuse was filed against you 11 years ago, can it be taken off. Also if you no longer have rights to the child anymore?

    Lauren’s Answer

    There is a procedure to petition to remove a sustained allegation off the CLETS system. You should contact a juvenile dependency attorney to assist you.

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  • Can you expunge a felony or does it have to be reduced to a misdemenor first?

    What if it cant be turned into a misdemenor?

    Lauren’s Answer

    You can ask for dismissal via 1203.4 for a felony, but I always suggest attempting to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor first, if the charged is a "wobbler" (can be reduced). Otherwise, a felony can be "expunged" via 1203.4. However, some crimes may still count as prior convictions if you commit the same crime in the future. For example, if the crime dismissed via 1203.4 is a DUI, a subsequent DUI is still charged and adjudicated as a second DUI. I handled 1203.4 motions regularly in my practice and offer a free consultation if you have additional questions.

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  • Can a hospital accuse you of child abuse put a police hold on your child and not tell you that they ruled it out?

    shouldnt cps back off when the hospital rules out child abuse? and can a hospital withhold that same information?

    Lauren’s Answer

    CPS can do a lot of things. It really depends on the facts of your case. CPS can place a hold for additional tests or another opinion to be rendered. You should contact a CPS attorney in your area. If you contact my office, I can give you a referral.

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  • Why was i never contacted by cps when there were many complaints to cps about my daughters well being?

    my daughter moved into her grandparents home when she was about 6 years old and from the time she moved in there cps had been called many times only I was never contacted by anyone from cps. although my daughter was living there i still had custod...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You need to contact a CPS attorney in your area now. If you call my office, I can refer you to someone up north and offer a free consultation.

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  • Minor got caught ditching school and found tobacco on body

    i was suspended from school on 11.29.10- 12.06-10, and during my suspension, i went out to have lunch and an officer stopped me and bring me back to school. He found ciggarettes on me. my questions is, can i bring in someone who's over 21 to go to...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You should appear at every court hearing you are advised of or the court can issue a warrant for your arrest. You can hire an attorney, the court will deal with you and your parents in pro per, or you can request an attorney be appointed. If you have a witness for you, it is important to provide that information to any attorney assisting you. The court can proceed with the charge regardless of whether the officer shows up at your arraignment because a trial date in the future is usually set and that is when the cop has to show up.

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  • My husband was arrested & currently faces charges for child abuse. I am confused as to some of the charges & descriptions.

    The following charges are as follows: 1 PC 273(D) M Corp Punshmnt Child 1 PC 273D(A) F Inflict Corporal Injury/Child PC 1192.7(c)(8) Serious Felony/Used Firearm DENY ACTIVE PC 12022.7(D) GBI Domestic Violence DENY ACTIVE My...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Your husband's criminal matter and your likelihood of having the child returned to you are two separate issues. You should discuss your case with a juvenile dependency/cps attorney to advise you. I handle both criminal and cps cases and offer a free consultation. I would need to know more about your relationship with the child and all the surrounding events to provide you sound advice.

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  • 7YR OLD CHILD LOST FATHER TO FATAL DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT. MOTHER IN GRIEF TURNED TO DRUG ABUSE, COURT APPT'D PATERNAL GRANDMA

    AS LEGAL GUARDIAN. CHILD HAS BEEN COMPLAINING ON A REGULAR BASIS THAT GRANDMA/GRANDPA ARE DRINKING AND THEN DRIVING WITH HIM IN THE CAR. CHILD IS AFRAID AND CONFUSED. I REPORTED THIS TO MINOR'S COUNSEL WHO SHOWED NO CONCERN UNLESS 7YR OLD BOY C...

    Lauren’s Answer

    What a nightmare. The child's attorney certainly should be responsive and you might contact the supervisor. Your alternative is to contact CPS. You can call the anonymous tip line or identify yourself. Either way, it is not acceptable for an adult to drive with a minor child in the car after drinking, regardless of whether the child felt she was intoxicated. How ridiculous! You also did not mention your relationship to this child. If you are seeking custody, you might contact my office to see if I can assist you in any way.

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  • If someone is a runaway from a group home and was on probation and is about to turn 18 what happens when they turn themselves in

    I know someone that was on drug court and got sent to a few different group homes but has no charges on their record right now, they ran away from the group home a week before drug court graduation and lived on their own for over a year but never ...

    Lauren’s Answer

    This individual is still a ward of the court and would need to return to the juvenile court to deal with the probation violation. He may still be a ward of the court after he turns 18, so its better to deal with these things sooner than later regardless.

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  • I need to know if this gonna be the perfect case so i can get emancipated

    okay my i am 16 years old and i want to get emancipated because i am currently in foster care because my mom hit me in the face twice and they said i can go back to her in a couple months but i dont want to go back because im scared it's going to ...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You are in foster care so you have a a juvenile case already open and an attorney, CASA and social worker appointed to assist you in your case. You need to pose these questions to your court-appointed attorney, CASA or the social worker assigned to your case. Their job is to help you with issues like this.

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  • I want to know if this will help prove my case

    my mom was hitting me not normal hitting but she would hit me in my face so now im in foster care and they said they would let me go back home but then my mom sent me an email saying she wish she was dead and i dont wanna go back to that stress so...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You need to pose your questions to your court-appointed attorney, CASA,or the social worker assigned to your case. Your case is confidential and you should not discuss it on the internet. Rather, call these people who have been assigned by the court to assist you.

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