Juvenile Law

The Juvenile Matters division is the part of the Connecticut Superior Court that deals with children and families. The two kinds of proceedings heard in Juvenile Court concern the care of minor children and the behavior of minor children. We would be happy to help you with juvenile legal issues such as:

  • Applications for Emancipation
  • Child Protection
  • Delinquency
  • The Department of Children and Families
  • Diversionary Programs
  • Drug Convictions and Financial Aid
  • Family with Service Need cases
  • Petitions for Termination of Parental Rights
  • Youth in Crisis Petitions
  • Youthful Offenders

The Juvenile Matters division of the Connecticut Superior Court is also the place where Family with Service need cases, Youth in Crisis Petitions, Applications of Minors seeking Emancipation, and Petitions for Termination of Parental Rights are decided. We have served families who have faced these issues and can help you too.

The Delinquency docket of the Juvenile Matters division of the Connecticut Superior Court hears cases where the alleged perpetrator of a crime is a child younger than sixteen years of age. In matters where the crime is serious (a felony), the case may be transferred to criminal court.
We can help you and your child deal with the charges against them and work to minimize the impact of any incident on their future. We will also assist you to find support services to reduce the chance of future difficulties.

Diversionary Programs
The legislature recognizes that not every criminal offender is or will become a career criminal.There are various programs to conclude charges against you without a criminal record. We will guide you in selecting the appropriate program for the charges against you.

Drug Convictions and Financial Aid
Federal law provides that certain drug convictions can make a student ineligible for types of financial aid for higher education. We take great care to avoid these consequences.

Child Protection
The Child Protection docket includes petitions filed by the State of Connecticut alleging that children (or youths sixteen to eighteen) are neglected and uncared for. We can help you resist intrusion from the Department of Children and Families into your family’s lives.

Youthful Offenders
Youth Offenders are individuals charged with a crime who have attained the age of sixteen, but who have not yet reached their eighteenth birthday. Children whose cases have been transferred to the Criminal Court from the Juvenile Court may be considered Youthful Offenders as well.
Youthful Offender status offers some advantages, including a lesser impact on one’s criminal record and greater confidentiality. We can help you, or your child, reach a disposition that reduces the effect of the incident on the youth’s future.

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