What happens when a juvenile is arrested or cited for a criminal offense?
When arrested for a criminal act, a juvenile is referred to the Pierce County Juvenile Court. An arrest is made when a law enforcement officer has reason to believe that a crime has been committed and a specific individual was involved in that crime (probable cause). Following the arrest, the juvenile may be detained at Remann Hall. It is important to note that at the time of the juvenile's arrest and entry into detention, the juvenile has not yet been charged with a crime. The agency responsible for filing criminal charges is the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

A law enforcement officer may submit a report to the prosecutor for a charging decision without taking a juvenile into custody. If the prosecutor decides to file charges, a notice and summons will be mailed to the parents or guardian of the juvenile. A ‘Notice and Summons’ directs the parents to appear with the juvenile on a given day for an arraignment. A copy of the formal charges is included. If the juvenile fails to appear on the specified date, an arrest warrant will be issued. If the charge is minor in nature, the juvenile's case may be referred to the Diversion unit. Notification of receiving the referral is sent out by the Diversion unit shortly after reviewing charges for acceptance.

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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?