Juvenile Court Process
After a juvenile is arrested, copies of the police report are forwarded to the State's Attorney's office and Probation Department. After review, if the juvenile is not currently on Probation or Court Supervision, the juvenile and parents/guardians will be contacted by an Ogle County Probation Officer to set up a Preliminary Conference Appointment. At this appointment, the Probation Officer will gather information about the minor and family to prepare a Preliminary Conference Report for the State's Attorney.
If a court case is filed, the juvenile and the parents/guardian(s) will receive in the mail their first court date called an arraignment. At the arraignment, the juvenile and the parents/guardian(s) will be read the charges and their rights. If the parents/guardians are unable to hire a private attorney, a public defender will be appointed to the case. Once an attoryney is assigned, a court date is set. The juvenile must be represented by an attorney at all hearings.
If the juvenile is found not guilty, the case is closed and there is no juvenile record. If the juvenile is found guilty or pleads guilty to the case, he/she is placed on Court Supervision or Probation. Before leaving the courthouse, the parents/guardians and the juvenile will meet with a Probation Officer. At this meeting, the Probation Officer will collect contact information and schedule a future appointment. The parent/guardian must be with the juvenile at the next appointment with the Probation Officer. At this meeting, the Officer will explain the the Court Order and all expectations.
What is Diversion?
Diversion refers to the process of managing juvenile cases through non-court processes. Diversion is aimed at low-risk juveniles who are unlikely to re-offend.
How do I contact the public defender's office in Ogle County?
Kathleen Isley -- Extension 412
What are the rules of reporting to my probation officer?
You must report on the day and time your probation officer tells you. If you have any emergency or illness that prevents you from keeping your appointment, call and speak directly to your probation officer.
What do I do if I am arrested while on probation?
If you are arrested, charged with any offense or have any police contact, contact your probation officer immediately.
Who do I pay my fines, costs and/or restitution to?
Payments should be made to the Ogle County Circuit Clerk. Payment may be cash, money order or cashiers check. No personal checks will be accepted. When making your payment you must include the case number with the payment: Example 18-JD-##
Where do I get information regarding the Ogle County Juvenile Justice Council?
For information on the Ogle County JJC contact Jeni Hardin, Community Projects Coordinator at 815-562-5881 Ext. 433.
Visit the Ogle County JJC website here: Ogle JJC