Juvenile court adjudicates matters concerning crimes committed by individuals under the age of 18. Juveniles initially come before the court in various ways. Many matters can and are resolved informally without the necessity of court involvement. Court designated workers (CDW) process the charges against juveniles by police or juvenile complaints. For some, I may be able to work with the client and the client's family to resolve the issue without the need for the case to go to court.
Juveniles who are in custody are entitled to a hearing within 48 hours of their detention. This timeframe excludes weekends and holidays. At this hearing, the Juvenile Court Judge will determine whether or not the juvenile needs to remain in detention pending a disposition of the charges. At this hearing, the judge will determine whether or not the juvenile needs to remain in detention at the Jefferson County Youth Center pending a disposition of the charges. Certain criminal offenses can subject the juvenile to possible prosecution as an adult in circuit court. A Juvenile Court Judge considering release from detention will desire assurances that the juvenile will be adequately supervised pending disposition of his or her charges. Parents or guardians should be prepared to relate to the court in detail how the juvenile would be monitored.
If your child is under the age of 18 and is facing criminal charges you need an attorney who canbe there to walk you through the situation. You don't want to go through this journey alone.
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