As a parent, one of the worst things that can happen to you is learning that your son or daughter has been arrested. You may be asking the question, “What happens now?” Well, there are a few different answers to that question. Depending on your child’s age and the crime they committed, they could be sent to a juvenile detention center for a period of time, be tried as an adult and sent to adult prison, or be released on an intensive juvenile probation program.
Before releasing and placing a juvenile offender in an intensive probation program, a probation officer will consider several factors before making a decision. The juvenile probation officer will look at:
- The offender’s risk to the community.
- The nature of the offense.
- The delinquent history of the juvenile.
- The juvenile’s history of referrals and adjustments.
- The parent’s recommendation.
After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances, the juvenile probation officer will decide whether or not the offender qualifies for intensive juvenile probation. If the probation officer decides to place the juvenile offender in intensive probation, the juvenile will be on a short leash. As part of the probation program, the offender will have to do the following:
- The juvenile will have to participate in one or more of the following activities for at least 32 hours per week:
- A court ordered treatment program
- Supervised community service
- Pay probation and restitution fees (an inability to pay the fees does not mean the juvenile can’t participate in the program).
- Remain at his or her residence at all times unless the juvenile is at work, school, performing community service, or participating in another activity that was approved by the probation officer. The juvenile may also leave the home if he or she is in direct company of a parent, guardian, or custodian.
- Participate in alcohol and drug tests as they are directed by the probation officer.
- Meet any other conditions imposed by the court, which may include electronic monitoring.
If a juvenile stays out of trouble until they’re 18, they can apply for the destruction of their juvenile record as long as they meet certain requirements. Working with an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of juvenile court is a great first step to giving your child a second chance at life. You can call 480-818-9943 to schedule a free consultation with JacksonWhite juvenile defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle, any time of day, any day of the week.