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.
- A crime is committed
- A petition is filed (This is similar to an adult complaint.)
- The intake department then decides whether a formal or informal intervention will take place with the juvenile.
- At this point, the Probate Court can refer the juvenile to a Diversion Program rather than formally handling the petition.
- Pre-Trial Conference
- Dispositional Hearing