Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
The police have way more time to file charges. In the meantime, the minor should attend some voluntary theft deterrent workshop or diversionary class.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
If the police came and gave you a ticket or if they arrested you, then they haven't forgotten about you, and your case will eventually be docketed (you will be given a court date.) Did you receive a ticket from the police but you don't have a court date yet? This is how it's done in some courts. You may have to keep checking with the court to find out when your court date is. You need to hire an attorney to represent you to keep this off your permanent record.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
If you got a summons or Desk Appearance ticket to appear in court then that is your arraignment date. If you were caught but not arrested or given a DAT with a court date then the store chose not to prosecute you. Shoplifting is a bad decision since you are risking a criminal record for a few dollars worth of merchandise. If you get a criminal record for any crime, especially DWI, drugs, or theft you will find it very hard to get a good job for the rest of your life and have many other problems as well.
Answer Applies to: New York
Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
The is a lag from when the crime occurred and getting a notice to appear in court. The prosecutor reviews the police report and determines if there was probable charge, if so they will file. Due to backlog, it can take many months for this to happen.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
A juvenile court matter comes to the court's attention when the police apprehend a minor for violating a statute or a school official, parent, or guardian refers a problem with a juvenile to the court intake officer. The court intake officer then evaluates the case to determine whether further action is necessary, whether the child should be referred to a social service agency, or whether the case should be formally heard in juvenile court. If the situation is serious enough, the juvenile may be detained in a juvenile correction facility pending resolution of the matter or he or she may be sent to an alternative placement facility such as a shelter, group home, or foster home. If the intake officer decides that a formal hearing in juvenile court is not necessary, arrangements may be made for assistance for the child from school counselors, mental health services, or other youth service agencies. If the intake officer decides that the case should be heard in juvenile court, a petition is filed with the court setting forth the statutes that the child is alleged to have violated. You will not be notified until the intake officer has reviewed the case and made a decision.
Answer Applies to: California