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A 20-year-old man was arrested for murder, hit-and-run and driving under the influence after an accident in the Angeles National Forest where he allegedly crashed his car into a group of bicyclists. According to this news report, a 43-year-old bicyclist was killed and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries.

A Los Angeles drunk driving offense can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. In cases where there is serious injury or death and the driver is suspected of being under the influence, he or she could be charged with manslaughter or murder in addition to felony drunk driving. Obviously, these are extremely serious charges that present serious consequences including lengthy jail or prison time, hefty fines and suspension or revocation of driver’s license. A murder or manslaughter conviction could have long-lasting consequences.
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A Los Angeles court will decide whether a 15-year-old alleged gang member should stand trial as an adult for murder, according to a news report in the Long Beach Press Telegram. The defendant, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, is one of two people charged in the April 4 robbery and murder of 27-year-old Garrett Norris of Long Beach. Norris was killed after he tried to stop the two alleged gang members from running off with his belongings including an iPod. Norris was reportedly shot in the chest.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested within a few days of the homicide in California. Police also arrested a second suspect, 24-year-old Tyree Tradell Joyner of Long Beach. Joyner is facing the same special circumstance murder charge as the 15-year-old. The teen is scheduled to have a fitness hearing – which is normally used to determine whether a minor should be tried as an adult.

The Southern California juvenile crime attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff know and understand that immediate intervention by an attorney can often prevent a criminal matter from proceeding to juvenile court or minimize the potential serious consequences that can come from juvenile detention. Each of our partners is a former Deputy District Attorney previously assigned to the Juvenile Justice System. Attorney Steve Sitkoff is a former Superior Court Commissioner who handled juvenile dependency cases.

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