Steps in a Juvenile Case

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Steps in a Juvenile Case

A juvenile offender is someone under the age of 17 that is charged with a crime. The process through which a juvenile is prosecuted is similar to that of an adult but uses slightly different terminology.

  1. A crime is committed
  2. A petition is filed (This is similar to an adult complaint.)
  3. The intake department then decides whether a formal or informal intervention will take place with the juvenile.
juvenile with attorney


  1. At this point, the Probate Court can refer the juvenile to a Diversion Program rather than formally handling the petition.


  1. Pre-Trial Conference
  2. Adjudication
  3. Dispositional Hearing

Credit: Ingham County