Who is a Juvenile?

Under statute 39.01, a juvenile is “any unmarried person under the age of 18 who has not been emancipated by order of the court and who has been found or alleged to be dependent, in need of services, or from a family in need of services; or any married or unmarried person who is charged with a violation of law occurring prior to the time that person reached the age of 18 years.”

What this means is that unless the court has previously made a ruling to the contrary, all children under 18 are considered juveniles.

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