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 your child has been arrested for committing a crime in Connecticut, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

What Happens Once You Are Arrested

When the police decide to file charges against a child, there are several ways for them to go about it.

  • If they do not send the case to court, they can refer the child to a youth service bureau, juvenile review board, or other service within the community. As long as the child cooperates with these services, their case will likely never be sent to court.
  • The police could also photograph and fingerprint the child, but this is not always the case. Often times the police will issue a summons with a court date on it, which counts as being arrested.
  • The child may be released to a parent/guardian, or they may be released on their own but a parent/guardian must be notified. If the child is released with a complaint and a summons by the police officer, they have technically been arrested. If the child does not show up to their court date, they can be charged with Failure to Appear.


Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

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