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    The Arrest of Juveniles In Colorado – Colorado Criminal Juvenile Law Part I of II

    Your Child Is Arrested Or Receives A Criminal Summons In The Mail in Colorado – Now What?

    By H. Michael Steinberg – Colorado Criminal Juvenile Defense Lawyer – Attorney

    The Arrest of Juveniles In Colorado

    The Arrest of Juveniles In Colorado

    The Arrest of Juveniles In Colorado – Colorado Criminal Juvenile Law. Anyone familiar with the Colorado juvenile justice system knows that – when compared to the adult criminal justice system – juvenile courts are much more complex. In almost every proceeding there are people from DHS – (social services), GALs (Guardian Ad Litem), family court, foster care systems, probation, the prosecutor, probation, pretrial services and often many others.

    A Different Philosophy – Different Goals?

    The basic difference between Colorado juvenile and adult court is that children are inherently different from adults, and that the State of Colorado should focus LINK on protecting and rehabilitating young offenders, not punishing them.  The result is much different. As a result of fears of juvenile violence in the 1990’s – the court’s have taken a much tougher approach especially in the arrest and incarceration of these children in response to delinquency.

    The Juvenile Justice Flow Chart – Used To Assist You In Determining Where You Are In The Colorado Juvenile Justice System

    The Law On Juvenile Arrest In Colorado – 19-2-502 and 19-2-503

    Arrest C.R.S. 19-2-502 and 19-2-503

    Juveniles are allowed to taken into temporary custody by the police if (1) a lawful warrant has been executed or (2) if reasonable grounds exist to believe that a juvenile has committed a delinquent act.

    The “Screening” Of Arrested Colorado Juveniles –  C.R.S. 19-1-103(94.5), 19-2-212, 19-2-507(2),

    After a juvenile is arrested – they are screened under these laws: C.R.S. 19-1-103(94.5), 19-2-212, 19-2-507(2),

    Detention Screening  – C.R.S. 19-1-103(94.5), 19-2-212, 19-2-507(2),

    The concept behind the “screening” of juveniles is also foreign to all lawyers who are unfamiliar with juvenile court and the parents of “screened” children. The idea of “detention screening” is to provides the initial information necessary to assist the judge and the DA in determining whether a juvenile should continue to be held in detention – (jail).

    Certain screening “tools” are used in the screening process. A detention screening and assessment tool known as the Juvenile Detention Screening and Assessment Guide is one of these tools (LINK). The criteria in the screen is based on risk and needs and the focus here is on the placement of the juvenile when – and if – the child is released.  Detention placements – in order of desrieability are:

    (1) release to a parent, guardian, or other legal custodian with court based services;

    (2) release on electronic monitoring or tracking;

    (3) continued detention or admission to a detention, temporary holding or shelter facility pending notification to the court and a detention hearing.

    Release to parents or guardian – C.R.S. 19-2-507(3)

    This law governs the right of the Court to release a child to the care of the juvenile’s parents or another responsible adult. The law permits the release of the juvenile to be made without restriction or upon a “PR” or personal recognizance bond – a written promise that the juvenile will appear in court. Sometimes – depending on the case – electronic monitoring or trackers are ordered for supervisory purposes.

    Release With Services C.R.S. 19-2-302

    In many cases – as a result of the screening function – a child will only be released with additional “services” called “preadjudication services.” These are conditions of release such as:

    (1) periodic telephone communication

    (2) visits with the preadjudication (pretrial services) service agency;

    (3) home visits;

    (4) drug testing;

    (5) visits to the juvenile’s school;

    (6) undergoing treatment or counseling;

    (7) electronic monitoring;

    (8) participation in work release programs; or

    (9) day reporting.

    The Temporary Holding Facility C.R.S. 19-2-507(1)

    A “screened” child whom authorities feel cannot be adequately controlled at home may be placed in a “Temporary Holding Facility”from the time of arrest until a detention hearing is held. This “option” is supposed to be used if the juvenile requires a staff-secure or physically- secure setting.

    Detention (JAIL) C.R.S. 19-2-507

    Euphemistically – “detention” is defined in the law as the temporary care of a juvenile in a physically restrictive facility. If the screener finds that a juvenile’s immediate welfare or

    the protection of the community requires physical restriction, the child is held – “admitted to a detention facility.” This is also the result when the police or other law enforcement agency requests that the juvenile be detained because the alleged act would constitute a serious or violent felony if committed by an adult.

    The Staff-Secure Facility C.R.S. 19-1-103(101.5)

    A placement known as a “staff-secure facility” is a group facility or a “home” where the child is  always under supervision and services – such as education and treatment are provided at that location. This kind of facility is either locked or open.

    Next – The Detention Hearing – Deciding If Your Child Should Remain Locked Up

    In Colorado What Should You Know As A Parent If Your Child Is Charged With A Juvenile Crime

    The Arrest of Juveniles In Colorado

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR – : H. Michael Steinberg – Email The Author at: hmichaelsteinberg@colorado-juvenile-crimes-lawyer or call his office at 303-627-7777 during business hours – or call his cell if you cannot wait and need his immediate assistance – 720-220-7777.

    If you are charged with A Colorado crime or you have questions about [The Arrest of Juveniles In Colorado], please call our office. The Law Offices of H. Michael Steinberg, in Denver, Colorado, provide criminal defense clients with effective, efficient, intelligent and strong legal advocacy. We can educate you and help you navigate the stressful and complex legal process related to your criminal defense issue.

    H. Michael Steinberg, is a Denver, Colorado criminal defense lawyer with over 40 years of day to day courtroom experience –  specializing in Colorado Criminal Law along the Front Range.  He will provide you with a free initial case consultation to evaluate your legal issues and to answer your questions with an honest assessment of your options.  Remember, it costs NOTHING to discuss your case.  Call now for an immediate free phone consultation.

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