After the police or sheriff determines that your child is responsible for a criminal offense, the case is then referred to the County Attorney’s Office for consideration of prosecution. If your child’s case is referred to the County Attorney’s office for prosecution, and the County Attorney reviews the citation or notification and determines there is sufficient evidence to believe that the juvenile has committed a crime, the County Attorney may file the case in juvenile court.
If that occurs, notice by U.S. mail would be sent or a summons would be issued and served upon the juvenile and parent(s) by the Sheriff's Office. That summons directs them to appear in Juvenile Court on a certain date. The summons would also include a copy of the Petition, which is the legal document containing the allegation of the offense(s) committed.