If it is ready, your defense attorney will also be able to read over the probation report on your child's case at this setting. Most likely, the probation officer has already called you and your child's school to gather information about your child's performance and behavior at home and at school. As the information will be relied upon by the prosecutor for plea bargaining purposes and by the court for disposition or punishment purposes, it is critical that the information in this report is true and accurate.
Sometimes, at the conclusion of this first setting, your child's case may be reset to a date further down the road. In order for your juvenile defense lawyer to interview witnesses, gather more information and to test the State's case and evidence, it may be necessary to reset your child's court date. Your juvenile defense attorney will be able to let you know whether or not your should reset your child's case.