Delinquency Dispositions That Are Not Considered Convictions
Most juveniles in the court system are charged as delinquents. Below is a list and explanation of dispositions commonly used in the juvenile courts, from least severe to most severe, that can be considered not a "conviction":
DISMISSED PRIOR TO ARRAIGNMENT: charges are dropped prior to arraignment, resulting in no CORI entry;
DISMISSED ON COURT COSTS, COMMUNITY SERVICE; appears as a dismissal on CORI;
PRETRIAL PROBATION: juvenile is not required to admit fault, and agrees to be placed on probation for a specified period of time; if no further trouble during that time, matter is dismissed;
FILED W/O CHANGE OF PLEA: matter is placed on file, until some future specified date; matter may be returned to trial list if juvenile get into more trouble;
CONTINUED WITHOUT A FINDING: juvenile admits to facts sufficient for a delinquent finding, juvenile is NOT found delinquent, but rather placed on probation, if probation completed, then charges are dismissed.
Delinquency Dispositions That Are Considered Convictions
DELINQUENT FILE: juvenile is found delinquent, matter is placed on file until some future specified date; matter may be returned to trial list and juvenile sentenced if he/she gets into more trouble;
DELINQUENT PROBATION: juvenile is found delinquent and placed on probation, but matter is not dismissed upon completion of probation;
DYS SUSPENDED SENTENCE: juvenile is found delinquent, committed to DYS, but committment is suspended for a period of probation, matter is not dismissed upon completion of probation;
DYS COMMITTED: juvenile is "committed" to DYS until age 18. Committment does NOT mean that juvenile is confined to a DYS facility until he is 18. Juveniles committed to DYS spend a number of months at DYS (how much depends on the crime for which the juvenile is committed) and are then released back to their home on a Grant of Conditional Liberty (similar to parole). The juvenile is under the supervision of DYS until age 18.
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