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What does it mean when a petition is filed?
A petition is filed by the Probation Department or the District Attorney’s office. It will state what offense your child is alleged to have committed. It is a judge's job to decide during your child’s hearing if what is stated on the petition is true. There are two kinds of petition:

Petition Type Filed By Possible Reasons Petition is Filed If Judge Decides Petition is True
601(a) Probation Department

Your child has:

  • Broke curfew
  • Disobeyed his or her parents
  • Run away
  • Skipped school
Your child is a status offender and can become a ward of the court.
601(b) District Attorney’s Office
602 District Attorney's Office Your child has done something that would be a serious crime if he or she were over 18.
This can be a misdemeanor like:
  • Assault
  • Drunk driving
Or a felony like:
  • Car theft
  • Drug sales
  • Murder
  • Rape
Your child is a delinquent and becomes a ward of the court. Your child’s punishment will depend on what your child did.

You have the right to a copy of the petition. The delinquent acts your child is accused of will be stated on the petition and any other papers you receive. This does not mean your child is guilty. That will have to be proved during your child’s hearing.

  • Important
  • Please read the petition carefully.
Juvenile Delinquency Petition
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