Types of Juvenile Offenses in Tennessee
There are two types of offenses that may be committed by a minor:
- Status offenses are only against the law because of the offender’s age. Truancy, cigarette possession, underage drinking, and running away are examples of status offenses, and the initial penalty is typically probation. A violation of probation after a status offense may result in placement in DCS (Department of Children’s Services) custody.
- Delinquent offenses are crimes regardless of the offender’s age. Delinquent offenses may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the nature of the offense and any aggravating or mitigating factors. Theft, drug crimes, assault, robbery, and using a false ID are examples of delinquent offenses. Penalties may include probation, community service, placement in a community-based facility, or placement in a youth development center. In some cases, a minor who is 16 years of age or older may be treated as an adult and subject to the same proceedings and penalties as an adult would face.
Contact a Sevierville Juvenile Crime Attorney Today
Prone to peer pressure, falsely accused, or in the wrong place at the wrong time, minors may find themselves in serious situations where they may face probation, placement in a youth development center, or even trial as an adult. Do not forget that minors have the right to legal counsel. Get in touch with our team at Andrew Farmer Law and find out what a difference an experienced lawyer can make in your case.
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