General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-3141
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  • Address:
    2220 Tulare St., Suite 1000
    Fresno, CA 93721
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Juvenile Delinquency

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Juvenile Delinquency Unit is responsible for the criminal prosecution of minors who commit criminal offenses within the County of Fresno. A minor is defined as an individual who is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense.

In a Juvenile Court hearing, the prosecuting attorney appears on behalf of the People of the State of California. The proceedings are not generally open to the public and information regarding the proceedings is considered confidential.

Juvenile trials are called “jurisdictional hearings” and verdicts are called “adjudications.” The proceedings are conducted by a superior court judge or commissioner. A minor adjudicated in the juvenile court is entitled to a court trial conducted by a superior court judge or court commissioner, not a jury trial.

The purpose of the Juvenile Court is to provide rehabilitation and services for the minor as well as the protection and safety of the minor and the public. Removing the minor from the custody of his/her parents or guardian is the responsibility of the superior court judge. Such orders are imposed only when necessary for the minor’s welfare or for the safety and protection of the public.

Juvenile Information

Juvenile Dependency

Juvenile Probation Department

Juvenile Court

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