Offenses under the juvenile code are treated as civil violations and as such even the language used is different from how most people view what we might call criminal offense. A party admits or denies the charges rather than pleading Not Guilty or Guilty to a charge. A disposition is a sentencing and a trial is what is called an adjudication hearing. One is also not afforded the right to a jury but the matter is tied to a judge. The legal penalties can also be far worst since they carry a maximum penalty of detention until the child reaches the age of majority, 18 or 19, depending on the State.
Children facing adult criminal or traffic violations in the County or District court may be able, with the help of an Omaha Juvenile Lawyer, have their matters transferred to Juvenile Court to avoid a life time history on their adult criminal record. Criminal matters can be used to increase penalties over the lifetime of an individual, where most juvenile charges can be sealed upon the child’s reaching the age of majority.
If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile crime, you may think you have no hope. On the contrary, an Omaha juvenile lawyer can help.