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JUVENILE AND CHILD IN NEED OF CARE

The Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s office handles cases involving juveniles as both offenders (Juvenile Division) and victims of neglect and abuse (Child in Need of Care Division). District Attorney Montgomery is committed to seeking results that are in the best interest of the children who appear before the court, both offenders and victims, but also protecting the safety of the community. Except in limited circumstances as provided by law, all juvenile matters are confidential and the court proceedings are closed.

Contact

Collin Sims, Chief of Criminal

Email:  DAMontgomery@22DA.org attention Juvenile

St. Tammany Juvenile Division (985) 809-8322
Washington Parish Juvenile Division (985) 839-6303

Delinquent Acts
Acts Against Juveniles
Juvenile Traffic Citations
Helpful Links
FAQs

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DELINQUENT ACTS (CRIMINAL ACTS COMMITTED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 17):

The Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes offenders in delinquency proceedings in Juvenile Court. The Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes criminal acts committed by individuals who are under the age of 17; the Division also processes Juvenile Traffic Court proceedings. Additionally, the Juvenile Division handles cases under the Family In Need of Services (FINS) program. The FINS program provides referrals to various social service providers for less serious delinquent acts and juvenile status offenses. For questions regarding the FINS program.

ACTS AGAINST JUVENILES AS VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT (CINC CASES)

The Juvenile Division represents the interests of the State as it relates to Child In Need of Care Cases. The Juveniles involved in these cases have their own Court-appointed attorney, who represents the juvenile’s interests in all matters before the Court. The parents/legal guardian of the Juvenile(s) involved also have their own, separate attorney who represents the parent’s/legal guardian’s interests in all matters before the Court. Please note, the parent/legal guardian may either have a court-appointed attorney represent them or may hire private counsel to represent them in these matters. It is important to note is that the District Attorney’s Office receives all referrals for CINC cases from the Department of Childrens’ and Family Services. For more information on DCFS.

JUVENILE TRAFFIC CITATIONS

If your child receives a traffic citation, please note that appearance in court is MANDATORY for all juveniles who receive traffic citations. Juvenile Traffic Court is held at 1:00pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the Courthouse at 701 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433.

HELPFUL LINKS

Family in Need of Services (FINS)  Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)  Youth Service Bureau (YSB)

FAQs

What happens if my child is arrested?

If my child is charged with a crime, do I need to hire a lawyer?

What can happen if my child is found to be delinquent?

Can I have a trial on my juvenile court charges?

Can anyone go to juvenile court and see the hearings involving minors?

 

Can my child come to court without a parent or guardian?

How can my juvenile record affect my future?

How can I get my juvenile record expunged?

Am I (the parent) liable for my child’s attorney, stay in juvenile hall or any damages to victims?

Are there any special treatment courts in the Juvenile Court?

 

What if I am a victim of a crime committed by a minor?

Can a juvenile traffic citation be paid?

I have a hold on my driver’s license from Juvenile Court. What can I do?

What is FINS?

What is the Purpose of FINS?

What is the Goal of FINS?

When should cases be referred to FINS?

How does FINS work?

Who is the FINS Officer?