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Court procedure cont.

Juvenile Cases:

Juvenile non-traffic offenses are confidential and will be heard in closed conference room. The judge will explain the charges and ask the juvenile to enter a plea. Guilty, no contest and not guilty (see definition of please). The judge only sees guilty and no contest pleas at the initial appearance. If you plead not guilty a pre-trial conference will be scheduled with the Village Attorney (municipal prosecutor) on a different date, and this becomes the initial appearance.

Pre-trial conferences are seen the 3rd Tuesday of each month, a notice will be sent to you.

Juveniles must be accompanied by a parent and have the same rights as adults in entering a plea. Juveniles are also required to pay any forfeiture imposed. If a juvenile fails to pay the forfeiture, his/her driver's license, or ability to obtain a driver's license, may be suspended for up to one (1) year.

Juvenile Defendant Rights

You have a right to the following information before you enter your plea to the charge:

  • The charges and facts supporting the charge
  • The nature and possible consequences of the proceedings
  • The right to confront and cross-examine (question) any witnesses against you brought to the proceedings
  • The right to compel the attendance, by subpoena, of any witness and ask questions of them. This is done for your trial
  • The right to have the charges against you proven by clear, satisfactory, and convincing evidence