What happens when a kid commits an offense?

This illustration shows, in a general sense, how a case might flow through the system. Keep in mind that the juvenile justice system is different in every state, and can even vary county to county, so it’s important to understand how the juvenile justice system operates in your community.

Click on the various stages to learn more.

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Adapted from http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/structure_process/case.html

DISCLAIMER: This case flow chart is for educational purposes. It is recommended that youth and families who come in contact with the juvenile justice system seek professional legal counsel.

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