In Los Angeles County, minors might be represented by public defenders or panel lawyers, who are paid on a flat rate and, critics say, don't have the same resources.
Travell Lincome was a 15-year-old special education student when he was charged two years ago with assault with a deadly weapon. He and a 16-year-old friend had allegedly thrown bleach at a woman and her baby at a South Los Angeles car wash.
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