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In re Sareta A.

Supreme Court of New York, First Department

November 21, 2013

In re Sareta A., A Person Alleged to be a Juvenile Delinquent, Appellant.

Tamara A. Steckler, The Legal Aid Society, New York (Judith Stern of counsel), for appellant.

Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York (Victoria Scalzo of counsel), for presentment agency.

Gonzalez, P.J., Tom, Renwick, Freedman, Clark, JJ.

Order of disposition, Family Court, Bronx County (Jeanette Ruiz, J.), entered on or about June 1, 2012, which adjudicated appellant a juvenile delinquent upon a fact-finding determination that she committed an act that, if committed by an adult, would constitute attempted assault in the third degree, and placed her on probation for 12 months, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The court properly exercised its discretion when it denied appellant's request for an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. A term of probation was the least restrictive dispositional alternative consistent with appellant's needs and the community's need for protection (see Matter of Katherine W., 62 N.Y.2d 947 [1984]). The 12-month period of supervision was warranted by the seriousness of appellant's violent attack on the victim, which outweighed the mitigating factors cited by appellant.


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