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Chrysler Agrees to Honor Lemon Law

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 07:16:00 +0000

After Chrysler's recent bankruptcy declare, there were numerous reports of check payments for defective vehicles bouncing on consumers. This led to speculation that following their bankruptcy, the company would not be honoring payments owed to consumers for settlements or court findings for them under federal and state lemon laws.

This has now changed, as Chrysler and Fiat have jointly asked the court to allow such payments even while Chrysler is proceeding through the bankruptcy process.

This will be welcome news to consumers who have already had to run a "gauntlet" to arrive at a place where they will be paid. "Auto manufacturers and dealers will put consumers through what I call a 'gauntlet' before they ever settle a lemon law case," said leading California lemon law attorney Norman Taylor. "It runs from 'not being able to find the problem' to blaming the owner for the problem and even denying that there's a problem there. There are many tricks, and without the right help a consumer can be trapped in this maze for months or even years without arriving to a solution."

Norman Taylor has seen every one of these diversionary tactics in action. Taylor has been a lemon law specialist since 1987, and he and his firm, Norman Taylor and Associates, have handled over 8,000 cases for consumers with a 98 percent success rate. He is one of the leading lemon law attorneys in southern and all of California.

The sad part of it is, in most cases, dealers are aware of the problem before the vehicle is even brought in for inspection. If they can somehow force the owner to live with it, however, by finally causing the consumer to give up and go away, the dealer avoids service costs and the manufacturer avoids the buyback or replacement costs.

"The attitude is incredibly cynical and even cruel," said Taylor. "And it is not an isolated incident of bad corporate behavior. It is pervasive and widespread. There is not one car manufacturer today that does not employ one or more of the many 'distracting' methods I describe above."

That is why it is wise for anyone who discovers a defect in their vehicle to contact a qualified lemon law attorney right away. Such an attorney can guide them as they encounter these barriers, and in many cases they can be avoided. For more information about the California lemon law, please call 1-877-SOURCAR.

About Norman Taylor & Associates

Norman Taylor and Associates have been assisting consumers since 1987. At Norman Taylor and Associates, the goal is to provide clients with the highest quality of legal representation if they're one of the unfortunate residents of California who've had the misfortune of purchasing defective vehicles or goods and who have recourse under the Lemon Law. They represent consumers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. With a twenty two year history of successful cases, Norman Taylor & Associates has established their reputation as a firm of consumer advocates that get the job done.

Norman Taylor studied engineering at Arizona State University as an undergraduate. He attended Glendale School of Law, graduated and passed the Bar in 1986. Aside from advocating consumer rights he volunteers for international human rights efforts and sponsors drug education speakers in the public school system. For more information about the California Lemon Law, visit

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What Happens in Juvenile Criminal Cases

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 07:15:00 +0000

Juvenile law deals with crimes committed by minors. The age limit to be considered a juvenile offender may differ from state to state, but is typically around age 17. Generally, the offender must have been under the age of 18 when the crime was committed to be considered a juvenile. If your child or someone you know is being accused of a crime, the following information can help you understand the basics of the juvenile law process.


When a juvenile crime is reported, parents are contacted, and a hearing is scheduled. After the case is deemed worthy of prosecution, a court date is scheduled. Depending on the nature of the crime and many other factors, the child can be detained or released into the custody of their parents or guardians until the court date.

Juveniles have the same constitutional rights as adults. These rights include the right to remain silent, the right to have an attorney present, the right to cross-examine any witnesses speaking against them and so on. In juvenile cases, as in adult cases, the police are obligated to inform suspects of these rights. In many states, social workers or counselors are also assigned to criminal cases involving minors as defendants.

Crimes committed by children, ranging from traffic violations and petty theft to more serious crimes such as rape or murder are prosecuted by city, state or federal agencies. Court proceedings tend to be a bit more informal than the typical adult prosecution. In most states, court records in juvenile cases are sealed so that no one from the public can access them. If after the case is tried in court the juvenile is determined to be guilty, he or she is adjudicated.

Adjudication vs. Conviction

Traditionally, in juvenile criminal cases the focus has been on reform rather than punishment. Because of this, prison sentences have typically been shorter than they are for adults committing comparable crimes. Unlike a conviction, a juvenile court adjudication stays off the child's record as far as job applications go. Most states require that adjudicated juveniles be released from custody upon turning 18.

The landscape of juvenile law is starting to change somewhat in many states. More juveniles are being treated in adult courts, especially in very serious cases. Additionally, the emphasis is starting to shift a bit from reform to punishment. Make sure you speak with a qualified attorney in your area who can explain the way juvenile court works in your particular municipality.

Some types of adjudication made in juvenile cases include:

- Fines or restitution

- Community service

- Probation

- Juvenile detention (jail)

If there is even the slightest suspicion in the minds of the parents that their child may have committed the crime in question, it is crucial to hire a good defense attorney. If the juvenile is found to be guilty by a court of law, a good lawyer that is well versed in these types of cases can be instrumental in negotiating a less severe punishment.

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