The morning after the fire, Ponyboy is making breakfast when Two-Bit and Steve come over with that day's newspaper. After reading it, Ponyboy discovers that Johnny will be charged with manslaughter if he recovers from his injuries. No charges are going to be filed against Ponyboy. However, he will have to make an appearance in court so that the judge can make a decision about whether or not he will be allowed to stay with his brothers.
In the beginning of the story, we learned that after the death of the Curtis parents, the courts allowed the Curtis brothers to stay together only if they stay out of trouble. However, because of all that has happened, there is a possibility that Sodapop and Ponyboy will be removed from their home and made to live in a boy's home.