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…

For a Juvenile Court to sustain (continue) a DCF order of temporary custody (OTC), it must find that DCF proved, by a fair preponderance of the evidence, that a minor child would be subjected to immediate physical danger, if returned to the custody of a parent. DCF Order of Temporary Custody Lawyer A recent case…

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…

Protective Supervision is one the options a Connecticut Juvenile Court judge has after making a finding of neglect.   The neglect finding is made wither when a parent pleads “no contest” or after a full trial on the allegations in the DCF Neglect Petition.  If there is no finding of neglect, then Protective Supervision cannot…

DCF Commitment of a child means that custody and guardianship of a child is transferred to DCF. For a child to be committed to DCF, there must be two separate court findings Adjudication of the Neglect Petition.   A Juvenile Court judge must find that the child was neglected, abused or uncared for.  This can…

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…

  For DCF cases in the Stamford Juvenile Court, most hearings 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 to a judge for an Order of Temporary Custody (OTC). For a judge to grant…

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