What happens at arraignment?
The “State” (Prosecutor’s Office) will announce the charges filed against the youth. This is not a trial. Facts of the case will not be debated at this hearing. The youth will have a public defender present for them at this hearing. Typically, youth plead “not guilty” at this stage in order to preserve all of their rights and also to give them an opportunity to speak with an attorney more in-depth about their case. The issue of detention or release will be addressed by the court at the arraignment. Parents are required to appear with their child. The parent may be asked questions by the court. Parent and youth are required to sign release orders acknowledging the release conditions.

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1. Where is Juvenile Court (Remann Hall)?
2. What happens when a juvenile is arrested or cited for a criminal offense?
3. Do I have any financial responsibilities if my child is arrested or detained?
4. If my child was detained, are there court hearings?
5. Do I need legal representation?
6. When am I going to get to meet with my attorney to talk about my case and how can I find out which attorney is assigned to me?
7. What happens at arraignment?
8. Are there any legal negotiations or plea bargaining?
9. What are the chances I will be detained?
10. Are there common criminal court hearings?
11. Can anyone come to Juvenile Court hearings?
12. Does my parent have to come with me to court?
13. Are there any basic rules I need to follow when I come to court?
14. Do I have any obligations while my child waits for his/her court hearing?
15. Are there ever restrictions/obligations after a court hearing?
16. Can my child be detained for a long time?
17. How do I quash my warrant?
18. What do I do if I get a curfew violation?