Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Isabella County Community Development

Steps in a Juvenile Case

A juvenile offender is someone under the age of 17 that is charged with a crime. The process through which a juvenile is prosecuted is similar to that of an adult but uses slightly different terminology.

  1. A crime is committed
  2. A petition is filed (This is similar to an adult complaint.)
  3. The intake department then decides whether a formal or informal intervention will take place with the juvenile.
Informal Formal
4. At this point, the Probate Court can refer the juvenile to a Diversion Program rather than formally handling the petition. 4. Pre-Trial Conference
5. Adjudication
6. Dispositional Hearing