Lake Forest, CA asked in Juvenile Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for California

Q: If a 14 year old girl gets into a fist fight with her 48 year old mom what are the consequences.

The 14 year old doesn't have any bruises but the mom was scrapped by nails on arm. But mom did bang the girls head into the house wall multiple times. Would either of them go to jail

1 Lawyer Answer
Susan G. Cohen
Susan G. Cohen
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The 14 year old child would be subject to Juvenile Court Jurisdiction. Juvenile Court has discretion about how to deal with the child. The mother is an adult. Given the level of force you describe, it is likely that the local District Attorney might bring serious charges against the mother. Children's Protective Services may also become involved, to protect the child. CPS when it intervenes can require mental health and counseling services, and it can remove the child from mother's care. You have described a serious situation. The mother would be wise to promptly retain counsel. The fourteen year old may want to contact a trusted family member or teacher for assistance. While the child should not be hitting the Mother, most District Attorney's and Judges would be alarmed by the amount of force the mother used.

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