In Arizona, a juvenile is someone whose age falls between 8 and 18. Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over delinquency matters when a minor is accused of committing a crime. The juvenile court also handles matters of juvenile incorrigibility—that is, extreme cases of minors who will not listen to their parents, legal authorities, school authorities, or the law. Punishments for delinquent and incorrigible acts can range from fines to treatment to probation to actual jail time in a juvenile detention center.

If you are the parent of a child facing criminal charges, there are a range of emotions that might wash over you such as anger, shock, and overwhelming self-blame. But it’s important to rise above the emotions and make plans to get legal help. Adjudication in a juvenile court resulting in jail time, probation, or even fines can leave a serious blight on a record and emotional trauma.

There are a number of parts to the process of moving through a juvenile court case, which include the advisory hearing, pre-adjudication, detention review hearing, adjudication, disposition, and restitution.

The courts will want to know what the action plan of the parents is moving forward regarding supervision and medical and psychological care. If they feel that the child cannot remain enrolled in school and progress toward adulthood, they may keep the child in jail. A good lawyer at the Law Office of Hunter T. Lewis can not only provide defensive counsel, but assist in an action plan going forward that can help keep your family together and help your child get any needed help.