The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
Judge has a wide range of alternatives to choose from in selecting a disposition in cases involving juveniles. The judge's choice depends greatly upon the individual's prior record, social history, physical and mental condition, environmental circumstances at home, the facts and circumstances of the acts for which the individual was convicted, including the seriousness of the offense and other factors which help the judge determine the best disposition for the juvenile.
If the juvenile is placed on probation under the supervision of a probation counselor, the juvenile and the juvenile's parents must cooperate with the probation counselor and obey the conditions of probation made by the Court at the time of disposition. The juvenile's parents may also be ordered by the Court to participate in counseling programs or to receive other treatment that the Court may prescribe. Parents or guardians violating conditions contained in the Court order may be subject to contempt of Court charges; probation violations by a juvenile may result in a more severe disposition. A
jail term may be imposed
if a juvenile is 14 years old or over, is convicted of committing a felony and if the interests of the community require such restraint as determined by the judge.