What are the consequences of a juvenile charge?

  • For juveniles who are first-time offenders, the entire justice system has a lot of leeway to craft a remedy that will benefit the child and hopefully keep the child away from further involvement with the justice system
  • Even if a juvenile turns 18 during the court proceedings, generally he/she will still be treated as a juvenile and their court record will remain sealed
  • Only serious charges involving sexual offences and those imposing a Megans’s Law reporting requirement will stay with the juvenile record for 15 years