What are my responsibilities as the parent or guardian of a youth on probation supervision?
As the parent or guardian of a child who is on probation, you have a responsibility to help your child follow the conditions of probation imposed by the court and the Probation Officer to the best of your ability. You have a responsibility to abide by any court orders, including bringing your child to court as directed. Parents need to contribute to the development of their child’s well-being and improved performance.
Can a child be assigned a probation officer even is he/she is not on probation?
Yes, the Probation Officer has the authority to decide whether a case will be resolved informally instead of through the court—this process is called adjustment. In those cases, a Probation Officer will work with the child and his/her family to make sure that the child has no further contact with the juvenile justice system.
How long will a child be on probation?
The judge determines the length of probation. Probation supervision can be up to two years.
Can a child get off of probation early?
Yes, if the child follows all of the conditions for probation, shows improvement in his/her performance both in school and at home, and does not get re-arrested, the Probation Officer can recommend to the court that the child receive an early release from probation.
What happens if a probation client does not follow his or her conditions of probation?
If a probation client does not follow the conditions of probation during the probation period, the Probation Officer may file a Violation Of Probation (VOP). However, before filing a violation the Probation Officer will impose responses of increasing severity to deal with the issues.
How can I have a juvenile record sealed?
To have a case sealed, you need to speak to your attorney.
When I fill out an application for employment or school, do I have to disclose my juvenile arrest record?
No. - A juvenile delinquency adjudication is not a conviction of a crime.