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Juvenile Information (GL - 3026)

PLEASE NOTE: This Guideline is provided as a public service and is not intended to be legal advice. If you have any questions about the form or the procedure, please contact an attorney as Probate staff members cannot give legal advice.

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY:

These are cases involving children who have committed law violations that would be considered crimes if they were committed by an adult.

CHIPS and JIPS CASES:

These are cases involving children who are in need of protection and services.

ROLE OF PARENTS:

Having parents involved in the juvenile court process is extremely important to the success of the Court’s dispositional order and supervision of your child. Please cooperate with the Department of Human Services as they do their investigation and prepare a report to the Court. As the parent, it is extremely important that you attend each court hearing scheduled for your child’s case.

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES:

When your child has been charged with a delinquent act or found to be in need of protection or
services (CHIPS or JIPS), the Sauk County Department of Humanl Services will assign a
social worker to work with you and your child and make recommendations to the Court for the
disposition of your child’s case.

JUVENILE COURT HEARINGS:

Name of Hearing Description
Name of Hearing Description
Detention Hearing or Physical Custody Hearing If your child is picked up and placed in the juvenile detention facility or a shelter, a hearing will be held to determined whether or not your child will be placed out of home.
Plea Hearing The Petition and charges filed by the District Attorney will be read by the Judge, the child’s rights will be reviewed, the juvenile or his/her attorney may enter an admission or denial of the allegations and the case may be disposed of at this time. A decision as to placement of your child and the conditions he or she needs to follow could be made.
Adjourned Plea Hearing If the juvenile did not previously enter an admission or denial of the allegations in the petition, the juvenile or his/her attorney may enter an admission or denial of the allegations. A decision as to placement of your child and the conditions he or she needs to follow could be made.
Dispositional Hearing The Court will review the report filed by the Department of Social Services, hear the recommendations by the Social Worker and others involved in your child’s case. After the completion of testimony, the Judge will make “findings of fact” and order the conditions of the juvenile’s period of supervision. The Judge will also determine where the juvenile will reside if placement is to be outside the parental home.

The Department of Human Services or the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department will notify you of the date and time for your child’s detention or physical custody hearing. You will be notified in writing of the date and time for the plea, adjourned plea and dispositional hearings for your child.

Phone: Sauk County Courthouse
(262) 335-4334 515 Oak Street Office Hours:
Fax: Monday – Friday
(608) 355-3214 Baraboo, WI 53913
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ATTORNEYS:

You and your child have the right to be represented at each hearing by an attorney. In most cases your child will be appointed a Public Defender to represent him/her at the detention or physical custody hearing. It is your responsibility to contact the Public Defender to make arrangements for them representing your child. Any child 14 years of age or under is required to have an attorney. A Guardian ad Litem may also be appointed by the court to represent the best interests of your child.

COSTS OR FEES:

At the time of disposition, the Judge will also enter an order requiring the parent(s) to reimburse the State for the cost of the Public Defender representing the juvenile. Parent(s) will be ordered to pay the following:

Type of Fee Cost Who is to Pay
Reimbursement for Public Defender (Misdemeanor) $200 * Parent of Juvenile
Reimbursement for Public Defender (Felony) $400 ** Parent of Juvenile

Parents have a right to appeal this order if they are not able to pay the above fees (are indigent). You must contact the Public Defender’s Office within 30 days of the date on the order to be eligible for a review of your financial situation. If the Public Defender’s Office determines that you are able to pay this assessment, payments must be made to the Clerk of Juvenile Court as set forth in the order.

* If your child is found to be delinquent of committing a crime which would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult, you will be assessed and ordered to repay $200 towards the cost of Public Defender representation for your child.

** If your child is found to be delinquent of committing a crime that would be a felony if committed by an adult, you will be assessed and ordered to repay $400 towards the cost of Public Defender representation for your child.

OTHER COSTS OR FEES:

Type of Fee Cost Who is to Pay
Victim/Witness Surcharge $20 * Juvenile
Restitution To be Determined Juvenile

* If not paid by the date due, your child’s driver’s license will be suspended. If your child does not
have a driver’s license, he/she will not be able to obtain a license until the fee is paid.

Other costs or fees that may also be assessed to the parent(s) including:

  • Out-of-home placement
  • AODA services or treatment
  • Educational or medical costs
  • Cost of holding juvenile in custody
  • Post-adjudication services
  • Sanction, contempt, secure or non-secure custody costs.