How long will the minor be held in pretrial detention?

The Family Court must hold a preliminary hearing within 24 hours of the minor's admission to determine whether a petition should be authorized and whether the juvenile should remain in custody before the trial. The court may call witnesses to help make the determination.

The court may decide to release the juvenile without conditions, pending trial, or with certain lawful conditions, including a requirement that a bond be posted.

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1. When is a child considered a juvenile delinquent?
2. What happens when a minor is picked up and taken into custody by the police?
3. How long will the minor be held in pretrial detention?
4. How do I post bond?
5. What happens next?
6. What is involved in commitment?
7. Will the minor need an attorney?
8. Who is responsible for attorney fees?
9. What is probation?
10. If the minor is formally adjudicated, will the minor have a record?
11. What if after a complaint is filed, the minor is not held in pretrial detention?
12. If the case is dismissed by the judge or referee will the minor have a record?
13. Will the minor have a record if the petition is denied?
14. Is school truancy handled by the family court?
15. What about running away from home?