What is juvenile delinquency?

A juvenile delinquent is a child who has been found guilty of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a crime. Juvenile delinquency is the equivalent of an adult conviction. This does not include traffic offenses.

For example, if an adult steals a shirt from the store, and the court determines that the adult committed the act, the adult is “adjudicated guilty” and “convicted” of the crime. If a child goes into the same store, steals the same shirt and the court finds they committed the act, the child is “adjudicated delinquent.”

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