A Guide to the Juvenile Justice Process

Post Police Contact

After police respond to a situation where youth that results in a referral to the Department of Youth Services one of the following will occur.

  1. Issus a citation and release to a parent or guardian.
  2. Take the youth into custody and transport to the NORCOR Juvenile Detention Facility.
  3. Cite the youth to appear at the request of the Department of Youth Services.

What next?
After your child is contacted by the police, the police will write a report and send it to the Department of Youth Services.

The Department of Youth Services will staff the report and assign your child to a juvenile court counselor for intake and initial case interview.  Cases are reviewed and assigned every week, so if your child was cited and released you can expect contact from the Department of Youth Services within 2 to 3 weeks.  The Department of Youth Services works hard to handle cases in a timely manner.

Right to an Attorney
You have a right to have attorney for you or your child, at your own expense, during any point in the process.  If the case moves forward to court or supervised probation your child may qualify for a court appointed attorney.

What is my role as the parent or guardian?
The parent or guardian plays a very important role in the juvenile justice process.  Unlike adults, youth are usually dependent on family members.  These relationships with family members have a large impact on the choices a youth makes.  The partnership between the parent/guardian and the juvenile counselor is important and together they can have a positive impact on a youth's success.  The juvenile counselors rely on the help of the parent/guardian for the youth in the juvenile justice process.

Family Support
Staying Connected with Your Teen is a parenting program designed to help parents of children entering their teens.  Information on the next classes can be found at the Youth Empowerment Shelter wesite