P. v. Trenton D.Annotate this Case
A juvenile wardship petition alleged that Trenton committed petty theft and other crimes. Under a negotiated disposition, the juvenile court sustained amended misdemeanor allegations of second degree commercial burglary and ammunition possession; remaining counts were dismissed. Trenton was placed on probation in his mother’s home. A supplemental wardship petition was later filed, alleging that Trenton had committed one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence, implicating “The Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act.” Trenton appeared for arraignment, represented by counsel. The attorney waived formal reading and advisement of rights and entered a plea of not guilty. The court scheduled a contested jurisdictional hearing. There was no discussion about the possibility of a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ). Following a contested hearing, the court sustained an amended felony count for being a minor in possession of a firearm, dismissed the original count, and committed Trenton to a rehabilitation facility for six months. The court of appeal remanded, holding that the juvenile court erred by failing to conduct a hearing into eligibility for a DEJ. After a minor is properly notified of eligibility for a DEJ, the juvenile court has a duty to evaluate whether the minor is suitable for one.