General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-3420
  • Address:
    3333 E. American Ave, Suite B
    Fresno, CA 93725
  • Juvenile Services/JJC:
    (559) 600-3996
  • Adult Supervision/AOWP:
    (559) 600-6040
  • Drug Suppression:
    (559) 600-3800
  • Email Department

Juvenile Court Services
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. Once my child turns 18 years old, does my child’s record automatically get sealed?

A.

 The answer is no.  Your child will have to initiate this process by filling out an application at 3333 E. American Ave. Building 701 Suite B to make an appointment to meet with a Deputy Probation Officer.  The officer will make a recommendation to the Court; however, the Court has the final decision whether or not to seal your child’s record.  In specific cases, the Court can not seal your child’s juvenile record.    
 

Q.   If my child is placed on formal probation, how long will he/she be on probation? 

A.

The Court has the ability to keep your child on probation until the age of 21.  In most cases, probation will be one year unless your child is committed to a custodial program, placed in a foster or group home, or has to complete a specific out of custody program(s) that will last longer than one year.    
 
Q.  If my child admits to a charge in court, what will occur at his sentencing hearing? 

A.

 The Probation Department will interview the minor and his/her parent and complete a thorough social study report.  The Probation Department will make a recommendation, which could consist of counseling, a diversion program, community service, electronic monitor, a commitment to the Juvenile Justice Campus or ultimately the Division of Juvenile Justice, formally known as the California Youth Authority.  The Court will make the final decision regarding the outcome of your child’s case. 
 

Q.  If my child is placed on the electronic monitor or committed to the Juvenile Justice Campus, will I get charged?

A.

The charge for the electronic monitor is $11.00 per day; and the Juvenile Justice Campus is $19.00 per day.  However, this is based on the parent(s) ability to pay, which is based on a sliding fee scale.  The parent(s) will be required to complete a financial declaration and speak with an employee with the Revenue Reimbursement Division after your child’s initial court hearing.  For additional questions, please contact the Revenue Reimbursement Division at (559) 455-5310. 

Q.  If my child is arrested and remains in custody until his/her court date, what will happen? 

A.

At your child’s detention hearing, the Court will read and consider the detention report prepared by the probation officer.  Your child can remain in custody, be released on the electronic monitor and or supervised home detention.  Your child’s attorney, the probation officer and the district attorney will make arguments regarding your child’s custody status, but ultimately, the decision will be made by the Court.  
 
Q.  If my child is arrested and remains in custody until his court date, can his court date be changed so I can be present?

A.

The answer is no.  Your child has a right to have his/her detention hearing within a specific timeframe by law.  However, if you can not attend your child’s court hearing, please contact your child’s attorney to advise them of your situation.
Q.  Do I need to hire an attorney for my child?

A.

That decision will be left up to you and your family; however, if your child can not afford an attorney, the Court will appoint an attorney for your child. 
Q.  If my child is being detained at the Juvenile Justice Campus, and he/she is taking    medication, who should I contact?

A.

Please call the clinic (559) 495- 3753 at the Juvenile Justice Campus to explain the situation.