Police or other persons present information about possible delinquent
or unruly children to the Prosecutor’s Office. If the information
is sufficient, and alternatives like mediation are not appropriate,
an official complaint is filed.
At an arraignment, the Court reviews the Juvenile’s rights,
reads and explains the complaint to the Juvenile and parent(s) and
reviews the possible consequences of the charge. If the Juvenile
requests court appointed counsel, the parent(s) completes an indigency
affidavit form to see if the Juvenile qualifies for that service.
A pretrial is conference with the Prosecutor’s Office. A pretrial
is scheduled to determine if the parties can reach agreement regarding
the traffic citation. If the parties cannot reach agreement, the
matter is then scheduled for a trial.
After the pretrial, the Court holds a hearing to determine whether
the Juvenile is delinquent or unruly. The Court makes this decision
only after considering all other evidence presented from all parties.
Following adjudication, the Court decides what action will be taken
with the Juvenile. For an example, the Juvenile may be placed in
the Juvenile Detention Center, placed on in-home detention, placed
on probation or ordered to participate in services.