Larceny in Connecticut Juvenile Court can have serious consequences. Connecticut law defines larceny as occurring when a person wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds someone else’s property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property, or to appropriate it to a third person. (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53a-119). Common examples include: shoplifting….

  As of January 1,2017, the Juvenile Probation Department is required to conduct a Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment of all detained juveniles.  The Assessment will be used by Juvenile Court judges to determine whether or not a child should be released pending resolution of their delinquency charges. The purpose is to measure a child’s risk…

Revisions to Connecticut Juvenile Detention law will take effect on January 1, 2017. This is good news for juvenile justice advocates who long argued for reform. Here is a brief summary: No child may be detained after a hearing unless the court determines that: There is probable cause to believe that the child has committed…

News of the Stamford Juvenile Court closing has not been well received .  Not good for the parents and children who live in lower Fairfield County and even worse for those families that rely on public transportation to get to and from court appearances. No specific date has been set for the closing but it…

Generally speaking juvenile delinquency in Connecticut Juvenile Court involves the violation of a state or federal law by someone under the age of 18.  In other words, the police allege they have committed a crime. The Juvenile Court does not usually use the term felony or misdemeanor.  Instead, the important distinction for a Connecticut delinquency…

You might not have seen it coming because you thought DCF was closing their case.  Or maybe you anticipated it because DCF was upset that you didn’t follow their recommendations and now they want you to answer to a judge. Here you are: You have been served with a Connecticut DCF Neglect Petition and summoned…

  Juvenile Court judges in Bridgeport and Stamford have the authority to send a child who has been arrested to Bridgeport Juvenile Detention.  A child is entitled to a lawyer for detention review hearings. A child ends up in Bridgeport Juvenile Detention in one of two ways: 1. The police. At the time a child…

DCF cases in Bridgeport Juvenile Court may be limited to the filing of a Neglect Petition.  But when there are immediate safety concerns DCF will also apply for an Order of Temporary Custody. Orders of Temporary Custody A Juvenile Court judge will issue an Order of Temporary Custody (OTC) when a child needs immediate protection….

When DCF believes that allegations of abuse or neglect require court involvement they will file a Neglect Petition. In the Stamford Juvenile Court DCF cases usually occur on Thursdays. Here is an overview: Orders of Temporary Custody In the most urgent of cases, DCF will remove a child under a 96-hour hold and then apply…

When a child is arrested for allegedly committing a crime in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Norwalk, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston or Westport. they will be summoned to appear in Bridgeport Juvenile Court: At the initial plea hearing (arraignment), the judge will read an advisement of rights: 1. The right to remain silent. The child is…

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