Hi, I watched 20-20 last night. They had a spot on there about a Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. from PA who was sending kids off to Dentetion centers for 1st time non-violent offenses. It was truly shocking. Here's a link regarding the story: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/us/13judge.html?em. What's that got to do with Conduct Disorders? Well, if something should happen and your difficult child gets arrested, don't take it lightly. I don't care what they (police) tell you- get good representation. I think that is especially important to us since they (the state) will bring up any type of conduct disorder in court. It could get ugly. My understanding is that most States don't require JV representation. Don't fall into that trap. Where I live, JV representation is required thru the entire process. Whether a Public Defender or Private- no JV can go it alone. It's suicide in my opinion to do so. So for those of you in that situation, consider carefully what could happen. At least talk to a lawyer- it usually free to do so. I am personally in this situation right now. We have a private attorney for difficult child and he is presently on probation as a result. It could have been much, much worse. And yes, the State did bring up his "issues" at the hearings.