How the Connecticut Juvenile Procedure Differs From Adult Proceedings
There are major differences between juvenile court and adult court. First, adults function in open court. This means that the courtrooms are public and anyone can enter at any time. In juvenile court, the courtrooms are closed, and there is no public record for proceedings. But, in adult court, the defendant stands before the judge. In juvenile court, the people in attendance, who include the state’s advocate (not called prosecutor) and the defense lawyer are all seated around a table with the judge to handle the case. One case is heard at a time during the juvenile procedure. Also, the courtroom is sealed off to any other people. In addition, there exist different potential results. Probation is common and pretrial detention usually isn’t used to ensure the juvenile’s appearance in court, but in their best interest to get them on the right path.
If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime, it is important that they are tried in a juvenile court as opposed to the adult court. The consequences will be less severe for your child if they can go through the juvenile procedure. A juvenile defense lawyer can try to get your child’s case tried in juvenile court. For more information, you can contact our office.