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When a child is accused of committing a crime, their academic career and future can be negatively impacted. As a parent, it is important to have a basic understanding of the youth justice system in Connecticut in the event that your child is involved in a crime. If you have questions about pleading guilty to charges in a juvenile delinquency case, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Options When You Do Not Want to Plead Guilty

When children are charged with committing a crime, they have the right to a trial in juvenile court. In Connecticut, juvenile courts do not have juries and cases are heard by a judge alone. The prosecutor will bring evidence and witnesses to try and prove that the child is guilty of the charges, and the child’s attorney will make objections and interview the witnesses to try to disprove their arguments. The child’s attorney can also bring in witnesses and evidence to help strengthen their defense and prove that their client is not guilty. The child has the right to remain silent during the trial, but they can also choose to testify like any other witness. If the judge finds the child not guilty, they cannot be prosecuted any further on those charges.

Source: https://portal.ct.gov/ocpd/juvenile/juvenile/juvenile-frequently-asked-questions

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