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

    H. Michael Steinberg is both an experienced and a dedicated Colorado Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

    As a former Senior – Career Arapahoe – Douglas County District Attorney -in his13 (1984 – 1997) years as a prosecutor – H. Michael was assigned to the prosecution of hundreds of juvenile prosecutions. As a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer for the last 16 years (1997 – 2013) – he has successfully handled hundreds more juvenile cases.

    Juvenile criminal defense lawyers must be specialized in this area and must have specialized training and experience to be effective on behalf of their clients… essentially just children. Because Juvenile Court is different than adult court –  an experienced lawyer in adult may be incompetent to practice in juvenile court.

    Where your child’s freedom and future is at stake…go with experience every time.

    Here is the statute referenced IN THE ARTICLE THAT LINKED you to this page:

    19-2-507. Duty of officer – screening teams – notification – release or detention.

    (1) When a juvenile is taken into temporary custody and not released pending charges, the officer shall notify the screening team for the judicial district in which the juvenile is taken into custody. The screening team shall notify the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian without unnecessary delay and inform him or her that, if the juvenile is placed in detention or a temporary holding facility, all parties have a right to a prompt hearing to determine whether the juvenile is to be detained further. Such notification may be made to a person with whom the juvenile is residing if a parent, guardian, or legal custodian cannot be located. If the screening team is unable to make such notification, it may be made by any law enforcement officer, juvenile probation officer, detention center counselor, or common jailor in whose physical custody the juvenile is placed.

    (2) The juvenile shall be detained if the law enforcement officer or the court determines that the juvenile’s immediate welfare or the protection of the community require that the juvenile be detained. In determining whether a juvenile requires detention, the law enforcement officer or the court shall follow criteria for the detention of juvenile offenders which criteria are established in accordance with section 19-2-212.

    (3) The juvenile shall be released to the care of such juvenile’s parents or other responsible adult, unless a determination has been made in accordance with subsection (2) of this section that such juvenile’s immediate welfare or the protection of the community requires that such juvenile be detained. The court may make reasonable orders as conditions of said release, which conditions may include participation in a preadjudication service program established pursuant to section 19-2-302. In addition, the court may provide that any violation of such orders shall subject the juvenile to contempt sanctions of the court. The parent or other person to whom the juvenile is released shall be required to sign a written promise, on forms supplied by the court, to bring the juvenile to the court at a time set or to be set by the court. Failure, without good cause, to comply with the promise shall subject the juvenile’s parent or any other person to whom the juvenile is released to contempt sanctions of the court.

    (4) (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection (4), a juvenile shall not be detained by law enforcement officials any longer than is reasonably necessary to obtain basic identification information and to contact his or her parents, guardian, or legal custodian.

    (b) If he or she is not released as provided in subsection (3) of this section, he or she shall be taken directly to the court or to the place of detention, a temporary holding facility, or a shelter designated by the court without unnecessary delay.

    (5) As an alternative to taking a juvenile into temporary custody pursuant to subsections (1), (3), and (4) of this section, a law enforcement officer may, if authorized by the establishment of a policy that permits such service by order of the chief judge of the judicial district or the presiding judge of the Denver juvenile court, which policy is established after consultation between such judge and the district attorney and law enforcement officials in the judicial district, serve a written promise to appear for juvenile proceedings based on any act that would constitute a felony, misdemeanor, or petty offense upon the juvenile and the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian.

    Such promise to appear pursuant to this subsection (5) shall state any charges against the juvenile and the date, time, and place where such juvenile shall be required to answer such charges. The promise to appear shall be signed by the juvenile. The promise to appear shall be served upon the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian by personal service or by certified mail, return receipt requested. The date established for the juvenile and the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian to appear shall not be earlier than seven days nor later than thirty days after the promise to appear is served upon both the juvenile and the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian.

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