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 the Juvenile Court Clerk's Office?
2. How do I quash my warrant?
3. If my child was detained, are there court hearings?
4. What happens at arraignment?
5. Do I need legal representation?
6. Are there any legal negotiations or plea bargaining?
7. What are the chances I will be detained?
8. Are there common criminal court hearings?
9. Does my parent have to come with me to court?
10. Can anyone come to Juvenile Court hearings?
11. Do I have any obligations while my child waits for his/her court hearing?
12. Are there ever restrictions/obligations after a court hearing?
13. What do I do if I get a curfew violation?
14. What do I need to do if I am unable to attend my Tuesday afternoon truancy hearing or I missed my hearing?
15. What do I need to do if I missed a Thursday truancy hearing?