Thanks for the chance to assist on this matter. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience in criminal
The juvenile justice
system and the adult criminal justice systems are similar in some ways. For example there are rights to a lawyer in both systems and there are rules of evidence and procedure that govern how the trial
proceeds. But unlike the criminal justice system, there is no right to bail in the juvenile system.
So the state can hold the child until the say of their trial.
The key difference between the juvenile system and the adult system is that the juvenile system is geared towards rehabilitation. The state has a strong interest in not having juvenile offenders remain in the juvenile and later criminal justice system. So the rules and procedures are geared towards rehabilitation and not punishment.
So if this is a first offense, I would not expect continued stay in juvenile hall.
But one factor that the court will be concerned with is the family situation
The court will want to ensure that his parents are exercising good supervision over the child.
If this behavior is not typical, and the parents have a plan to keep the child out of further trouble, I would expect the court to award probation (a period of time where the child is required to report, on occasion, to a probation officer and to stay out of further trouble).
What can you do? Support the parents if they have this under control.
If, on the other hand, the parents are not exercising proper parental skills, you could consider asking the court (the family court, not the juvenile court) to award you custody of the child.
Let me know if you have more questions...happy to assist if I can