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…

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…

  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…

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…

A child arrest for allegedly commtting a crime in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford or Wilton, Connecticut?  If so, they are summoned to the Stamford Juvenile Court. Here is a brief summary of the process: First court appearance – also known as initial plea date or arraignment This is the date referenced on the Summons…

Offenses in Juvenile Court are classified as either delinquent acts or Serious Juvenile Offenses (SJOs). Serious Juvenile Offenses include: Risk of injury to a minor Certain drug offenses Firearm charges such as carrying a pistol without a permit and the sale of weapons Assault in the first or second degree Manslaughter and murder Sexual assault…

When a child under 18 is arrested in Bridgeport and the surrounding towns, they are summoned to Bridgeport Juvenile Court. Here is a brief summary of the process: Initial plea date/Arraignment This is the date referenced on the Summons. A judge will advise the child of the following: The right to remain silent; The right…

Juvenile Courts in Connecticut may be seeing less students arrested for school related offenses such as assault 3rd, larceny, breach of peace, disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana as well as other misdemeanors. A new bill has been proposed to reduce the number of arrests in Connecticut schools. The latest statistics show that 20%…

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