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 sent to juvenile court in Connecticut, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

What to Expect When You Get To Juvenile Court

Your first court appearance is called an arraignment, and it is where you get charged with a crime and have your rights read to you. If you apply and qualify for a public defender, they will be appointed to you at your arraignment. If you were placed in detention, your attorney can argue to have you released at the arraignment.

The judge will listen to arguments from both sides (the prosecutor and your attorney), and decide whether to send you home, put you in detention, or do nothing at all. If you were not placed in detention initially, the prosecutor may ask the judge to place you there at the hearing. If the judge decides to place you in detention, your case will be revisited and you will have another hearing within 7 days. The judge can choose to detain you if there is probable cause that you committed the crime, if there is no less restrictive setting available, or if they believe you are a danger to public safety.

Pretrial Conference

After your arraignment, a pretrial conference will be scheduled, which is where your attorney and the prosecutor get together to talk about the case. Before the pretrial, you should share any information with your attorney that may help them argue the case. During this conference, the prosecutor may make offers to dispose of the case or lessen the charges as long as you admit to them.

If the prosecutor decides to drop the charges against you your case will be nolled or dismissed. A nolled case is one that is not being prosecuted by the state, but can be reopened within 13 months if necessary. After 13 months has passed, the case will be dismissed and cannot be reopened. Dismissal means that the case is completely over, and any record that you were ever in court is erased.

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

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