Dispositions of Court Cases for Children and Teens

Reviewed Oct 18, 2018

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Summary

Possible dispositions:

  • Dismissal
  • Probation
  • Transfer to adult criminal court

Has your child been arrested? Unless the charges are dismissed right away, your child will have to appear in court. There are a number of possible outcomes. These outcomes are called dispositions. These outcomes include:

  • Dismissal. The case is set aside. This happens when there is not enough proof that your child committed the offense. This can also happen for other reasons.
  • Placement. A child may be removed from home and placed somewhere else for a length of time. One place where they could be taken is juvenile detention. They could also go into a residential treatment center. Other places include foster homes.
  • Probation. This is when a youth is placed under the control of the court. During this time, the young person must be on good behavior. They cannot break the law again. They must also follow any other rules that have been set by the court. Probation can also require that a child get treatment.
  • Deferred prosecution, deferred sentence. A person is placed on probation before they go before a judge. This also happens before a sentence is imposed. In the case of deferred prosecution, the judge may dismiss the charges. This can happen if the child follows the rules set by the court.
  • Transfer to adult criminal court. This usually happens only with very serious crimes. These can include murder, rape, or robbery. It can also include burglary or supplying illegal drugs. In this case, the youth’s case will be sent to adult court. There, the case will be treated the same as an adult.
  • Other. There are a number of other court dispositions. If the young person has a drug problem, they may have to take part in a drug treatment program or their case may be processed in a drug court instead of the regular court system. They may also include paying fines, doing community service work and electronic tracking.
By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Summary

Possible dispositions:

  • Dismissal
  • Probation
  • Transfer to adult criminal court

Has your child been arrested? Unless the charges are dismissed right away, your child will have to appear in court. There are a number of possible outcomes. These outcomes are called dispositions. These outcomes include:

  • Dismissal. The case is set aside. This happens when there is not enough proof that your child committed the offense. This can also happen for other reasons.
  • Placement. A child may be removed from home and placed somewhere else for a length of time. One place where they could be taken is juvenile detention. They could also go into a residential treatment center. Other places include foster homes.
  • Probation. This is when a youth is placed under the control of the court. During this time, the young person must be on good behavior. They cannot break the law again. They must also follow any other rules that have been set by the court. Probation can also require that a child get treatment.
  • Deferred prosecution, deferred sentence. A person is placed on probation before they go before a judge. This also happens before a sentence is imposed. In the case of deferred prosecution, the judge may dismiss the charges. This can happen if the child follows the rules set by the court.
  • Transfer to adult criminal court. This usually happens only with very serious crimes. These can include murder, rape, or robbery. It can also include burglary or supplying illegal drugs. In this case, the youth’s case will be sent to adult court. There, the case will be treated the same as an adult.
  • Other. There are a number of other court dispositions. If the young person has a drug problem, they may have to take part in a drug treatment program or their case may be processed in a drug court instead of the regular court system. They may also include paying fines, doing community service work and electronic tracking.
By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Summary

Possible dispositions:

  • Dismissal
  • Probation
  • Transfer to adult criminal court

Has your child been arrested? Unless the charges are dismissed right away, your child will have to appear in court. There are a number of possible outcomes. These outcomes are called dispositions. These outcomes include:

  • Dismissal. The case is set aside. This happens when there is not enough proof that your child committed the offense. This can also happen for other reasons.
  • Placement. A child may be removed from home and placed somewhere else for a length of time. One place where they could be taken is juvenile detention. They could also go into a residential treatment center. Other places include foster homes.
  • Probation. This is when a youth is placed under the control of the court. During this time, the young person must be on good behavior. They cannot break the law again. They must also follow any other rules that have been set by the court. Probation can also require that a child get treatment.
  • Deferred prosecution, deferred sentence. A person is placed on probation before they go before a judge. This also happens before a sentence is imposed. In the case of deferred prosecution, the judge may dismiss the charges. This can happen if the child follows the rules set by the court.
  • Transfer to adult criminal court. This usually happens only with very serious crimes. These can include murder, rape, or robbery. It can also include burglary or supplying illegal drugs. In this case, the youth’s case will be sent to adult court. There, the case will be treated the same as an adult.
  • Other. There are a number of other court dispositions. If the young person has a drug problem, they may have to take part in a drug treatment program or their case may be processed in a drug court instead of the regular court system. They may also include paying fines, doing community service work and electronic tracking.
By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

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