Will the minor need an attorney?

The court will appoint an attorney if :

  • The parent or guardian refuses or fails to appear at the hearings.
  • The parent or guardian is the complainant or victim.
  • The minor and parent/guardian cannot afford an attorney.
  • The parent/guardian refuses to retain an attorney and the juvenile doesn't waive the right to an attorney.
  • The court determines that it is in the best interest of the child or the public to appoint an attorney.

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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?