Understanding the Law

The juvenile justice system is complicated and can seem overwhelming. This handbook is designed to give some basic information to youths as well as parents*, grandparents, foster parents, guardians, and other family members or friends of children who have been or may be in trouble with the law. This handbook is written to defendants in juvenile court, but with special tips for parents throughout the text and also a special section just for parental issues, Special Issues for Families of Juveniles. It is very important for parents and guardians to understand the information. Parents are extremely involved in the juvenile system, and their knowledge and advocacy on behalf of their children can make a big difference in the outcome of the case.

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