Fort Wayne Juvenile Delinquency Hearings Lawyer
At the law offices of Arnold Terrill, P.C., in Fort Wayne, Indiana, our lawyers and staff believe that every young person deserves the best opportunity to grow into a productive adult. If your teenager has been arrested and faces a juvenile disciplinary hearing anywhere in northeastern Indiana, call us at (888) 912-7220 right away.
Some common reasons a child might face a juvenile delinquency proceeding include (but are not limited to):
- Property crimes such as shoplifting and theft
- Drug possession charges
- Underage drinking, minor-age DWI
- Battery, disorderly conduct
- Rape, child molestation, etc.
- Criminal mischief (vandalism), burglary, criminal trespass
Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings Are A Civil Matter
Thousands of juvenile delinquency petitions are filed each year in courts throughout northeast Indiana. Unlike adults charged with criminal offenses, juvenile delinquency proceedings are civil (not criminal) matters. However, a magistrate or judge has vast discretion in deciding the best treatment plan or disposition for a child. For example, under some circumstances, a judge or magistrate might determine that a child should be placed in the custody and care of the Department of Corrections. Disposition alternatives can range from informal probation all the way to the Department of Corrections.
A child commits a delinquent act if, before reaching the age of 18 years, the child commits an act that would be an offense if committed by an adult, except an act committed by a person over which the juvenile court lacks jurisdiction. A child is deemed a delinquent child if the child (1) commits a delinquent act, (2) needs care, treatment or rehabilitation that (a) the child is not receiving, (b) the child is unlikely to accept voluntarily, and (c) is unlikely to be provided or accepted without the coercive intervention of the court.
If a child is detained (i.e., the Allen County Justice Center, a.k.a. ACJC), the state must file a petition alleging the delinquent act within seven days from the date the child was taken into custody. A detained child has the right to a trial (fact-finding hearing) within 20 days after the petition was filed, excluding weekends and holidays. Fortunately, the state must prove each and every element of the alleged offense(s) beyond a reasonable doubt. Like a criminal defendant in the adult system, a juvenile has all of the same constitutional safeguards and is not required to present any evidence.
Protect Your Child's Future — Choose An Experienced
The attorneys at Arnold Terrill, P.C., understand the care and concern that parents and family members have when faced with such a situation. We strongly encourage juveniles to seek legal representation in an effort to learn all that they can about the charge(s) and possible constitutional safeguards and defenses available.
Please feel free to call us at (888) 912-7220 or send us a brief description of your child's circumstances. We will be pleased to assist you.
Our firm has built a great reputation due to our proven track record of success in complex cases.
Our legal team will provide a vigorous defense regardless of the severity of the charge.
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