San Jose Criminal Attorney James Reilly of Summit Defense Attorneys Discusses Juveniles in Jail

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San Jose criminal attorney James Reilly, of Summit Defense Attorneys, appears on public affairs show, Equal Time, to discuss the controversial subject of juvenile justice.

One of the most controversial debates in the justice system is what to do with juveniles that have committed serious or minor crimes. Recently, San Jose criminal attorney James Reilly, of Summit Defense Attorneys, appeared as a panel representative on the weekly show Equal Time to debate the issue.

Equal Time is a public affairs show produced by the San Jose State School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Every week, expert guests examine controversial topics through round table discussions and debate the merits of each side of an argument.

The program was pleased to host James Reilly, a distinguished San Jose and San Francisco criminal attorney with over 20 years of experience, including a stint as supervising DA.

On the show, Mr. Reilly shared his perspective on the state of juvenile justice. “It is a serious problem that requires a lot of resources,” he said. “ The primary responsibility for dealing with the juvenile system lies with the District Attorney's office which makes the decision of who’s going to be prosecuted and whether or not they'll be prosecuted as adults or juveniles.”

While some feel that minors should be incarcerated for serious crimes, others argue that rehabilitation is a much more effective and efficient way to get these youths back into society.

Many people argue that once you try a juvenile in an adult court of law, you dramatically change their options for the future. Depending on the type of crime and whether or not it is the minor’s first offense, what seems like it should be a black and white issue becomes very gray with fuzzy boundaries.

How do you determine which juveniles should go to jail and which should be entered in to rehabilitation programs? Criminal defense attorneys, such as Mr. Reilly, believe that most juveniles do not belong in jail. His focus is on rehabilitation.

The debate about how to handle juvenile criminals in the justice system goes on. An expert San Jose criminal attorney like James Reilly can continue to influence the system in and outside the courtroom.

For more information about San Jose criminal attorney James Reilly, visit the Summit Defense Attorneys website at or contact their office at 408-333-9622 or Summit Defense Attorneys, 2570 N. 1st Street, 2nd Floor, San Jose CA 95131.

About Summit Defense Attorneys
Summit Defense Attorneys is a Northern California Criminal Defense Law Firm with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Burlingame, San Rafael and Sacramento. Their accomplished team of trial attorneys includes two former prosecutors, a former police officer and attorneys who graduated from the country’s top law schools including Harvard. Their Criminal Defense Attorneys handle the full spectrum of criminal cases with a focus on first time offenders and DUI, Domestic Violence, Theft, Sex Crimes and Felony defense. The firm offers free case consultations for all criminal matters. Contact Summit Defense Attorneys at (510) 412-8900.

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