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What is an “Intake” or an “Intake Interview”?

An “intake interview” is when a juvenile court officer (JCO) interviews the juvenile to gather information about the juvenile’s alleged offense to determine whether the court should take action in the case. From intake, the case may proceed to informal adjustment or to the filing of a delinquency petition with the juvenile court by the county attorney. If a child has been apprehended or detained by law enforcement, the matter may go straight to the filing of a petition with the court without intake.

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