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Third District Juvenile Court - Intake

Criteria for Assigning Cases to Intake

  • Cases meeting Assessment and Diversion criteria but deemed "high risk" by staff, which have been screened by a supervisor.
  • All drug offenses.
  • All second episodes of alcohol.
  • All third episodes of assault.
  • All fourth misdemeanor episodes.
  • All D.U.I. and reckless driving charges.
  • All Class A misdemeanor and felony offenses.
  • All Obstruction of Justice charges.
  • All cases which have had an adjudicated episode of felony delinquency.
  • All continuing jurisdiction cases, including reviews and pending charges.
  • All cases where restitution exceeds $250.00 (regardless of the number of youth involved).
  • Any case with past due fines or fees resulting from involvement with another division will be forwarded to that division.
  • All cases where the charge is denied at Assessment and Diversion.
  • All cases where the non-judicial agreement is not completed with Assessment and Diversion.

Intake Process

If a youth does not qualify for the Assessment and Diversion Program (case is deemed "high risk", charge is denied, non-judicial agreement is not completed, etc.) then the youth is referred to the intake department. Intake probation officers review the charge and conduct a preliminary inquiry, which is a meeting with the youth and their guardian to determine if further court action is necessary. During the preliminary inquiry, the intake probation officer will also gather a social history of the youth and family and complete the Pre-Screen Risk Assessment (PSRA), a computer-based tool used to determine an individual youth's risk to re-offend. If there is probable cause, the charge is either closed out non-judicially (see non-judicial closure) or petitioned for a hearing before a commissioner or a judge. If the matter is petitioned, the probation officer prepares a report which contains a social history of the referred youth and makes recommendations to the judge or commissioner. If adjudicated, the youth at highest risk to re-offend in the future will get the most services.



Page Last Modified: 2/25/2009
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