Sunday, August 20, 2017


A delinquent minor is anyone under the age of 18 who violates the law. A petition must be filed and the juvenile court must find the charges to be true or dismiss them. If the charges are found to be true, either through admission by the minor or by a trial of facts, the minor may be removed from the home. For lesser crimes, the minor may remain with a parent(s)/guardian(s) under certain conditions of probation, detained in the Youth Detention Facility for a limited term or placed in any of a variety of programs. For more serious crimes, the minor may be removed from their parent(s)/guardian(s) care and custody and placed into Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs, either in State or out of State. The minor may also be committed to the State Department of Justice up to the age of 23. For some crimes, a minor who meets the criteria outlined in the Welfare and Institutions Code may be tried and sentenced as an adult.