What happens if my case is sent to court?

When the District Attorney has filed a petition with the Court and the Court has found the youth to be responsible for committing a violation of the law, a Deputy Probation Officer is assigned to investigate the circumstances of the case. The Probation Officer’s investigation consists of a thorough review of all available information, interviews with concerned parties, careful evaluation of all relevant circumstances, assessment of risk for future delinquency, responsivity factors, family dynamics, peer relationships, academic history, and the youth’s prior and current activities in the community.

Recommendations in Juvenile Court range from release to parents, incarceration in the Juvenile Facility, removal from parental custody for placement in foster care, or a commitment to the Division of Juvenile Justice. Juvenile recommendations also center around a grant of probation or informal handling with a plan to be effective in rehabilitation.

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1. What should I do if I get cited/arrested by the Police?
2. What happens if my case is sent to court?
3. I was placed on probation through the Juvenile Court, what can I expect?
4. How do I seal my records?
5. How do I apply for stepparent adoption?