The Juvenile Series: How Does the Juvenile System Work?

When a child has been charged with a crime, the police officer takes the case to the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) for investigation. Some of the more common crimes for juveniles are assault (i.e. fighting in school), theft (from other students or department stores), and possession of a controlled dangerous substance or drugs. On rare occasions, you have very serious crimes like robbery, possession of a deadly weapon, rape or murder. DJS sets up a meeting with the child and his/her parents to discuss the facts of the case, this is called an intake meeting. At the intake meeting , DJS will decide whether to send the case to Criminal Juvenile Court or resolve the case at their level.

Some outcomes when DJS decides to resolve the case:
o Probation
o Required completion of anger management classes
o Required completion of community service hours
o Dismissal of the case

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