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A child may be considered a Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) if he or she exhibits dangerous behaviors, is out of the parents’ control, or refuses to go to school. A petition must be filed in Family Court in order to begin a PINS proceeding, which would aim to obtain supervision for the child. This petition can be filed by the child’s parent, legal guardian, a school official, or anyone who has been affected by the child’s behavior.

Once the proceeding begins, witnesses and evidence will be presented in a fact-finding hearing, in which the Family Court judge will determine whether the case has merit. Based on the outcome of this initial hearing, the judge might schedule a second, dispositional hearing to decide whether the child is a Person in Need of Supervision. If so, the child may be placed in a foster group home or social services facility, or be placed on probation. The child can also be order to complete community service, restitution, or treatment/rehabilitation.

An attorney from Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. can help protect your child’s interest in a PINS proceeding if a petition has been filed against him or her. An experienced family lawyer can help defend your child’s rights and advocate for a favorable outcome for you and your child. If your child needs an attorney for a PINS proceeding, contact an attorney from our New York law firm today. We have over 40 years of experience to apply to your case.

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