The majority of Carin’s 25 year practice is focused on juvenile law. As a parent, she is very dedicated and compassionate about representing parents’ rights in juvenile court. When the system accuses a parent of abuse, it is an extremely serious accusation. Let Carin put her considerable experience to work for you.
Carin Johnson is a passionate defender of parents’ rights and has practiced dependency and juvenile law for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Chico State University and is a graduate of Golden Gate University, School of Law, 1993.
In September 2010, Carin presented oral argument in the California First District Court of Appeal, involving a case where the dependency court denied her client reunification services, and sought to terminate her parental rights. Carin fought hard for the mother, and won a rare REVERSAL, of the lower court’s ruling.
Again, Carin argued a wrongfully-accused parent in a multiple broken bone case, and got a unanimous reversal in the California Court of Appeals, Fourth District. The case was ordered to be sent back to trial again – and another unanimous reversal resulted in the eventual return of the child to the parents’ care.
Another one of Carin’s cases made national headlines in 2003 with the infamous “spitball case” where an overzealous DA prosecuted an eighth grader
for shooting spitballs in the hallway at school. Carin was featured on Greta Van Sustren, “On the Record” and the Bill O’Reilly show, “The O’Reilly Factor” and on the BBC.
Carin is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and has taught classes on juvenile dependency law. She has also presented with a panel of attorneys multiple times regarding Juvenile Law, Criminal Law issues on sex abuse cases, and presented in numerous conferences, including the National Child Abuse Defense Conference in 2006, 2008 and 2014.
Carin Johnson has experience presenting direct and cross experts and cross-examination, in court, on shaken baby syndrome allegations, severe physical abuse allegations, broken bones, psychologists, SART nurses, doctors, and child abuse experts, sex abuse experts, as well as broken bone experts, emergency room and abusive head trauma experts, and child interviewing process in the area of suggestibility.
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