Northwest Indiana Juvenile Delinquency

Serving Lake and Porter Counties: Chesterton, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Hobart, Gary, Merrillville, Portage

"Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing."  ~Phyllis Diller

Despite your best efforts as a parent, your child will, at various points in his or her life, make less than ideal choices.  Sometimes those choices will come with serious personal and legal consequences for your child. 

The goal of Indiana's juvenile court system is to rehabilitate your child.  There are a variety of programs in Indiana which may be utilized by the juvenile court to rehabilitate your child.

If your child has been arrested, he or she has certain rights: (1) the right to meaningful consultation with a parent, guardian, or guardian ad litem before answering law enforcement's questions; (2) the right to remain silent; and (3) the right to refrain from making incriminating statements.  You child does not have the right to bail in juvenile court, but a hearing must be held within 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to determine where your child should stay pending the resolution of the charges against him or her.

If your child is brought to a courtroom, he or she has certain rights: (1) the right to know the nature of the charges against him or her; (2) the right to court appointed counsel if he or she cannot afford counsel; (3) the right to refrain from testifying against himself or herself; (4) the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses; (5) the right to introduce evidence on his or her behalf; (6) the right to obtain witnesses or evidence by subpoena; (7) the right to notice of all hearings; and (8) the right to be present at all hearings.  

The juvenile court may send your child to adult criminal court if the court finds your child is beyond rehabilitation in the juvenile court system.  Usually a child must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the offense in order for the juvenile court to send your child to adult court. 

You child will automatically be sent to adult criminal court if he or she is at least sixteen (16) years old at the time of the act, and the alleged act is one of the following: murder, kidnapping, rape, criminal deviate conduct, robbery if committed while armed with a deadly weapon or which results in bodily injury, carjacking, criminal gang activity, or certain weapons charges and dealing in controlled substances.   

If you are concerned about some of the choices your child has made, contact Rebecca Billick to discuss your child's options. 

 

Rebecca Billick Attorney & Mediator