Juvenile Case Process

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When a case is presented to our office by law enforcement, we first review it to determine if there is probable cause to indicate that the child did what s/he is accused of doing. 

If the prosecutor finds probable cause, the case is screened to determine whether it qualifies for diversion. In making this decision, we consider the circumstances surrounding the offense, the child's history in the juvenile justice system and court-ordered programs, and how best to ensure public safety.

If the case does qualify for diversion, the child will be referred to one of our diversion providers and given the opportunity to successfully complete programming and avoid a juvenile court record. If the case does not qualify for diversion, it will be prosecuted in juvenile court.