What happens at the juvenile court jurisdiction hearing?

Often a child will admit to doing some of what they are accused of. The lawyer will talk to your child about what he or she should say in court.

If there is a trial, the district attorney will make a case against your child. Then your child’s lawyer will present the defense. The judge will then decide if your child did what he or she was accused of.

If there is enough evidence to find that your child did what he or she is accused of, the judge will make a “true finding”. The judge will then set a time for a disposition hearing to decide on your child’s punishment. (The disposition hearing can be set for later on the same day as the jurisdiction hearing.)

If there is not enough evidence to say your child committed the crime, the case will be dismissed. If this happens, your child will be set free and released from lockup.

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