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Court Process - Pretrial
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Level 5: Pretrial
A pretrial date is set after the County Attorney's Office has reviewed the matter and determined that it should go before the Judge.
Before the court hearing, the child, parents and/or the defense attorney, if one has been assigned to the case or hired by the family, will have an opportunity to discuss the matter with the deputy county attorney assigned to the Juvenile Court.
The deputy county attorney has the authorization to propose plea agreements to the Court if all parties can agree on an appropriate settlement. This could include:
- Plea held in abeyance;
- Diversion Agreement;
- Admission to a lesser charge or amended petition;
- Dismissal of charges for good cause shown.
- Other sanctions as appropriate
If an agreement can be made, then you will go before the judge and the Deputy County Attorney will make that motion or recommendation to the Court. The Court is not obligated to accept the plea agreement or may make any changes to it that it feels appropriate.
If an agreement cannot be reached, the County Attorney's Office will request a trial date. (See Level 6: Trial)
A pretrial meeting is held with a Deputy County Attorney, the child and parents to discuss possible solutions to the charge.
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