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Sentencing – Requirements Imposed on Parents 19-2-919

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 years (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:

19-2-919. Sentencing – requirements imposed on parents

(1) In addition to any of the provisions specified in sections 19-2-907 to 19-2-918, any sentence imposed pursuant to section 19-2-907 may require:

(a) The juvenile or both the juvenile and his or her parent or guardian to perform volunteer service in the community designed to contribute to the rehabilitation of the juvenile or to the ability of the parent or guardian to provide proper parental care and supervision of the juvenile;

(b) The parent or guardian of a juvenile or both the parent or guardian and the juvenile to attend the parental responsibility training program described in section 19-2-304. The court may make reasonable orders requiring proof of completion of such training course within a certain time period and may provide that any violation of such orders shall subject the parent or guardian to the contempt sanctions of the court.

(c) The juvenile or both the juvenile and his or her custodial parent or parent with parental responsibilities or guardian to perform services for the victim, as provided in section 19-2-308, designed to contribute to the rehabilitation of the juvenile, if the victim consents in writing to such services. However, the value of the services required to be rendered by the parent, guardian, legal custodian of, or parent with parental responsibilities with respect to the juvenile under this paragraph (c) shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars for any one delinquent act.

(2) In addition to any sentence imposed pursuant to section 19-2-907 or subsection (1) of this section and regardless of whether the court orders the juvenile to pay restitution pursuant to section 19-2-918, the court may order:

(a) The guardian or legal custodian of the juvenile or the parent allocated parental responsibilities with respect to the juvenile to make restitution to one or more victims pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this subsection (2); except that the liability of the guardian or legal custodian of the juvenile or parent allocated parental responsibilities with respect to the juvenile under this subsection (2) shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars for any one delinquent act.

If the court finds, after a hearing, that the guardian or legal custodian of the juvenile or the parent allocated parental responsibilities with respect to the juvenile has made diligent, good faith efforts to prevent or discourage the juvenile from engaging in delinquent activity, the court shall absolve the guardian or legal custodian or parent allocated parental responsibilities with respect to the juvenile of liability for restitution under this subsection (2).

(b) The juvenile’s parent, so long as the parent is a party to the delinquency proceedings, to make restitution to one or more victims pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this paragraph (b); except that the liability of the juvenile’s parent under this paragraph (b) shall not exceed the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars for any one delinquent act. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection (2), the court may not enter an order of restitution against a juvenile’s parent unless the court, prior to entering the order of restitution, holds a restitution hearing at which the juvenile’s parent is present.

If the court finds, after the hearing, that the juvenile’s parent has made diligent, good faith efforts to prevent or discourage the juvenile from engaging in delinquent activity, the court shall absolve the parent of liability for restitution under this paragraph (b). For purposes of this paragraph (b), “parent” is defined in section 19-1-103 (82) (a).

(3) Any order of restitution entered pursuant to this section may be collected pursuant to the provisions of article 18.5 of title 16, C.R.S.


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H. Michael Steinberg Esq.
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