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.

Sentencing Options in Juvenile Court

  • Release

The court will let the child go and warn them not to get into trouble again.

  • Community service

The court will give the child a certain number of hours to complete.

  • Probation

This is a very common option. Terms can be anywhere from 3 to 30 months either in the child’s home community or at a regional program. The court may order the child to pay restitution, complete community service, go to counseling, attend school on time every day, participate in afterschool activities, and/or complete a mental health examination. It is also common for judges to order “graduated sanction”, where a probation officer can adjust the terms of the probation without going in front of a judge if the child starts to have problems. If the child commits more crimes or violates the court’s orders, the original probation length and type can be changed. In Connecticut, the attorney who represented the child in court will continue to help them until their case and probation are over.


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