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The Police Investigate The Crime You Have The Right FAQ

expand Question : What’s the difference between an allegation of delinquency and a petition? ‎(1)

​The police file an allegation of delinquency which states what crimes they feel the juvenile has committed and any evidence that proves it. A petition is a formal charge made by the juvenile probation office or the district attorney after they have reviewed the police allegation of delinquency and they believe that the allegation can be proven.