Juvenile

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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

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

 

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: since March 2019 10-16 years of age for all crimes and 17 years old for non-violent crimes.  As of July 2020 this will change to include all those aged 10-17 (not yet 18) for all crimes.  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

– [read more=”What happens if my child is arrested?” less=”What happens if my child is arrested?”]

Your child will be arrested and released to a parent on a custodial release, or be detained in juvenile detention If released to parents, the parent will be called or served with a court date. If your child is detained in juvenile detention, you will be contacted by someone affiliated with law enforcement. Your child may be released or may be detained pending court action.  [/read]

– [read more=”If my child is charged with a crime, do I need to hire a lawyer?” less=”If my child is charged with a crime do I need to hire a lawyer?”]

The juvenile court presumes children are indigent, and an attorney will be appointed to represent your child. You may hire your child an attorney, but no child that is charged with a crime appears in court without a lawyer.[/read]

– [read more=”What can happen if my child is found to be delinquent?” less=”What can happen if my child is found to be delinquent”]

It depends.  Sentencing is at the discretion of the Judge.[/read]

– [read more=”Can I have a trial on my juvenile court charges?” less=”Can I have a trial on my juvenile court charges?”]

Yes. Every child charged with any offense has a right to a trial. In Juvenile Court the trial is decided by a Juvenile Judge rather than a Jury.[/read]

– [read more=”Can anyone go to juvenile court and see the hearings involving minors?” less=”Can anyone go to juvenile court and see the hearings involving minors?”]

Most juvenile court hearings are closed and confidential.[/read]

 

– [read more=”Can my child come to court without a parent or guardian?” less=”Can my child come to court without a parent or guardian?”]

No. A parent or guardian must be present with the juvenile for court appearances. [/read]

– [read more=”How can my juvenile record affect my future?” less=”How can my juvenile record affect my future?”]

This is a question best asked of your defense attorney.[/read]

– [read more=”How can I get my juvenile record expunged?” less=”How can I get my juvenile record expunged?”]

This is a question best asked of your defense attorney.[/read]

– [read more=”Am I (the parent) liable for my child’s attorney, stay in juvenile hall or any damages to victims?” less=”Am I (the parent) liable for my child’s attorney, stay in juvenile hall or any damages to victims?”]

This is a question best asked of your defense attorney.[/read]

– [read more=”Are there any special treatment courts in the Juvenile Court?” less=”Are there any special treatment courts in the Juvenile Court?”]

Yes and it is determined on a case by case basis.  [/read]

 

– [read more=”What if I am a victim of a crime committed by a minor?” less=”What if I am a victim of a crime committed by a minor?”]

A victim’s rights to information, restitution, making an impact statement to the court and knowing the outcome of a case are virtually the same in the juvenile court as they are in adult court.  Victims can contact our Victim’s Assistance Program for more information.[/read]

– [read more=”Can a juvenile traffic citation be paid?” less=”Can a juvenile traffic citation be paid?”]

No.  A juvenile who receives a traffic citation has a mandatory court appearance.  [/read]

– [read more=”I have a hold on my driver’s license from Juvenile Court. What can I do?” less=”I have a hold on my driver’s license from Juvenile Court. What can I do?”]

This is not something that the District Attorney’s Office handles, please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles. . [/read]

– [read more=”What is FINS?” less=”What is FINS?”]

Families In Need of Services (FINS) became effective in all courts having juvenile jurisdiction on July 1, 1994, as Title VII of the Louisiana Children’s Code. [/read]

– [read more=”What is the Purpose of FINS?” less=”What is the Purpose of FINS?”]

It is designed to bring together resources to help families (troubled children aged 10-17 and their parents) remedy self-destructive behaviors by juveniles and/or other family members. [/read]

– [read more=”What is the Goal of FINS?” less=”What is the Goal of FINS?”]

FINS’ goals are to reduce formal juvenile court involvement while generating appropriate community services to benefit the child and improve family relations.[/read]

– [read more=”When should cases be referred to FINS?” less=When should cases be referred to FINS?”]

Cases referred to FINS:  Juvenile matters are referred to FINS on a case-by-case basis, after careful consideration of the nature and circumstances surrounding any pending charges and/or the present needs of the juvenile and their family. [/read]

-[read more=”How does FINS work?” less=”How does FINS work?”]

The FINS process begins with a Written Complaint submitted to the FINS officer.[/read]

-[read more=”Who is the FINS Officer?” less=”Who is the FINS Officer?”]

The FINS Officer (or Coordinator) serves as a neutral third party, which helps to resolve individual/family conflict, by identifying problem areas and coordinating services without formal court intervention.[/read]