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My son has to appear in juvenile court

Q: My 17 year old son has a juvenile intake conference for something that
they say he did almost ten months ago. What will happen?

A: It depends on
the county, so I will assume you are in Allegheny. An intake conference is a juvenile’s
first appearance in Juvenile Court and usually means that a petition for
juvenile delinquency in juvenile court has been filed. At the conference, you
will meet the Probation Officer if you haven’t yet and your son will be given
his charges (the delinquency petition), be assigned to a judge and given his
next court date. More importantly, the Probation Officer’s recommendation is
explained. If this is a minor offense and your son has no juvenile court
history, the recommendation could be something as simple as counseling. If it
is a more serious offense, the recommendation may be to have the case proceed
to the judge. The best offer would be for a consent decree, which is basically
a dismissal once the child completes certain requirements, like counseling or
community service. The next step would be standard probation. The next step
after that would be house arrest or a juvenile detention center. To get this
type of sentence, the child would have to have a significant history and/or
this is a serious offense such as sexual assault, burglary, aggravated assault,
etc.

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