At one time, Massachusetts law had a harsh approach to matters surrounding juvenile crimes. Young residents in legal trouble could expect harsh penalties if a court deemed it necessary. In recent years, Massachusetts reformed its juvenile justice system and successfully found ways to keep these youths out of jail and headed toward a brighter future.
Even though fewer young people now spend time behind bars in the state than in the past, probation is still a possibility for many juvenile offenders. While this is preferable alternative to jail time, it is not a pass. Those who are charged with juvenile crimes still have rules to follow during the probation period. One way to help teens comply with the terms of probation is make sure they know what might happen if they do not comply. When juveniles face accusations of a probation order violation, here is what to expect.
- The probation officer provides juveniles with a notice stating that a hearing will occur.
- This notice contains details about the violation as well as a hearing date.
- A court may order incarceration at the time of the hearing, until another court date is set.
- The second court date gives you and your juvenile a chance to build a defense to avoid jail time.
- If the presiding judge rules that a probation violation occurred, your youth might suffer more serious penalties.
Your child needs an attorney experienced with juvenile cases during this time. Strong representation can keep your child out of jail and help them avoid additional penalties for violating the terms of probation.