In Indiana Juvenile Court's the sentence you receive if the court finds you guilty (a true finding) or you plead guilty in a plea agreement (admit the petition alleging a delinquent act) is called a Disposition. Without a plea agreement any delinquency can result in any of these sentences being imposed by the court.
There are five main categories of juvenile dispositions in Indiana:
NOTHING AT ALL, BUT DELINQUENCY GOES ON YOUR RECORD
I. The court does nothing else to you or for you. The delinquency goes on your juvenile record and the court closes your case.
II. FP: The court can place you on formal probation. The amount of time you are on probation can vary and is usually just long enough for you to complete any other programs and services the court orders. Usually this is for 3 to 6 months and will get an "end date." You usually do not have to return to court on this case if you follow all the rules and orders of the court.
SUSPENDED COMMITMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
III. SCIBS/SCIGS: The court can place you on a suspended commitment to the Department of Corrections. This means the court has sentenced you to the Department of Corrections but is at the same time suspending that sentence and gives you a chance to follow the court's rules and orders. If you receive this sentence you will be on probation as long as you follow the court's rules and orders.
IV. PLACEMENT: As part of probation under II above or a suspended commitment under III above, the court can order you to live at a residential treatment facility away from home in order for you to receive counseling and treatment. The Indiana Department of Child Services must agree to the placement or the funds for the cost of this placement may be in jeopardy.
COMMITMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
V. DOC: The court can commit you to the Department of Corrections, commonly referred to as the Indiana Boys School or Indiana Girls School. Such a commitment is usually indeterminate or open ended which means the Department of Corrections decides how little or how long you stay depending on which programs they decide you need to complete and how well you follow the rules. A typical stay at the Department of Corrections runs about 5-6 months, but can run longer. In rare situations the court can commit you to the Department of Corrections for a fixed or determinate period of time -- Determinate Sentencing - usually up to two years or in certain cases until your 18th birthday.
LESSER INCLUDED SERVICES
In addition to these main categories of sentence or disposition the court can impose what are commonly referred to as "lesser included services." These can include but are not limited to: restitution, apology letters, evaluations, counseling services, community service, etc.
NO RECOMMENDATION PLEA AGREEMENT
NO REC: A "no rec" / no recommendation plea is where in exchange for you admitting certain things the prosecutor agrees not to ask the court to impose any sentence on you. You and your lawyer would be free to ask the court for any of the sentences above. Your parents or guardian and probation would also get to recommend to the court any sentence. The court is free to follow or ignore some or all of those recommendations and choose any of the sentences above.
PLEA AGREEMENT CAPPED AT SUSPENDED COMMITMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
OPEN CAP SCIBS: Is shorthand for "Open Argument, capped (limited) at SCIBS." If you enter such a plea agreement the prosecutor as well as you and your lawyer would be allowed to recommend any sentence above except DOC. This means you cannot be sent to the Indiana Boys School or Indiana Girls School but you could be placed in a residential treatment facility away from home or you could be sent home on a suspended sentence.
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