Criminal Procedures

Juvenile Defendants

What is a status offense?

A status offense is an offense that is reserved for minors. Common examples of status offenses include truancy (missing school), violating a curfew, or the use of tobacco by a minor. The juvenile court has the power to impose sanctions upon a juvenile who commits status offenses. The thinking is that the juvenile court judge can bring a juvenile under control and hopefully get them rehabilitation so that the juvenile will not regress into more serious criminal offenses.


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