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Detention Hearings

The relevant statutory sections for holding a juvenile in custody are:
938.19 (Taking a juvenile into custody)
938.20 (Release or delivery from custody)
938.305 (Criteria for holding a juvenile in physical custody)
938.207 (Places where a juvenile may be held in nonsecure custody)
938.208 (Criteria for holding a juvenile in a juvenile detention facility)
938.209 (Criteria for holding a juvenile in a county jail or a municipal lockup facility)
938.21 (Hearing for juvenile in custody)


This outline provides an overview of the law you need to know for a custody hearing as well as tips on preparing for a custody hearing.


Must Reads from the National Juvenile Defender Center on detention advocacy:

Achieving Excellence in Detention Advocacy