What happens when my child is arrested for committing a juvenile offense?

If your child has been arrested for committing a juvenile offense,the court will consider the case according to the child’s age,the seriousness of thecrime, or your child’s criminal record if any. Depending on these factors, the court can decide whether or not to send the child home under court supervision. Your child may also be placed on probation, either by living with a relative, in a foster home or group home, an institution or a probation camp or ranch.

Juveniles can be held in custody in the county jail while waiting for trial due to the following:

  • If the juvenile offense has been determined to be a criminal case.
  • If the charges are for a felony crime.
  • If there is reasonable cause to believe that the juvenile committed the felony.
Child is Arrested for Committing a Juvenile Offense