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April 2011 , Page 32 

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Tips for Appealing Findings of Delinquency And Convictions of Youth In State Criminal Court

By Shobha L. Mahadev

The thought of missing a critical issue on appeal may make a criminal defense attorney break out in hives. In some ways, juvenile cases can present even more dangers in this regard. Although the record on appeal in juvenile cases may tend to be smaller than in adult cases, this can be misleading. Because juvenile cases often involve a mixture of concepts and features of criminal, abuse and neglect and civil law, and because juvenile case law is often in flux, these cases can offer a plethora of issues. Moreover, when children are transferred to adult court there is a tendency for all involved to operate under the fiction that the child is like any other adult in criminal court. The fact that the client is in fact still a child can change the lens by which the attorney can view the issues and present them. Thus, a seemingly standard criminal appeal issue can have a different context and color when it involves a young client. This complexity of issues means it
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