Juvenile Crimes and Offenses

Has your child been charged with a crime?  Although some don’t consider juvenile offenses to be serious, any conviction or adjudication can affect your child’s future.  The juvenile justice system works differently than the adult system.  In many circumstances, the crimes you are convicted of committing as a juvenile will continue to have an impact during your adulthood.  Whether your child is being adjudicated as a delinquent or tried as an adult, it is important to have an attorney who is qualified to represent your child in juvenile court.  If your child has been charged with a crime or is facing proceedings in juvenile court, contact the Defense Attorneys of Bickerton & Bickerton for a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Juvenile Justice System in Pennsylvania
1.)    What is a delinquent act?
A delinquent act is any crime in Pennsylvania.
2.)    What crimes would not count as a delinquent act?
Crimes that will not be treated as delinquent acts are listed below:
Murder
The following crimes if committed if the child is over 15 years of age and used a gun:
Rape
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
Aggravated Assault
Robbery
Robbery of a motor vehicle (“Car-jacking”)
Kidnapping
Voluntary Manslaughter
Attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit murder
The following crimes if the child is over 15 years of age and was previously adjudicated delinquent of one of the crimes below:
Rape
Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
Aggravated Assault
Robbery
Robbery of a motor vehicle (“Car-jacking”)
Kidnapping
Voluntary Manslaughter
Attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit murder
Summary offenses, unless the child does not comply with the terms of his or her sentence
Any crime committed by a child who has been convicted of a crime in a criminal proceeding (except for summary offenses)
3.)    Are all juvenile records sealed?
Not exactly.  Some records are not available to the general public, but others are.  Either way, it is important to seek an expungement of your juvenile record if you are eligible.  For more information on juvenile record expungements, go here.
4.)    Does my child have the right to an attorney?
Yes.

Has your child been charged with a crime?  Although some don’t consider juvenile offenses to be serious, any conviction or adjudication can affect your child’s future.  The juvenile justice system works differently than the adult system.  In many circumstances, the crimes you are convicted of committing as a juvenile will continue to have an impact during your adulthood.  Whether your child is being adjudicated as a delinquent or tried as an adult, it is important to have an attorney who is qualified to represent your child in juvenile court.  If your child has been charged with a crime or is facing proceedings in juvenile court, contact the Defense Attorneys of Bickerton & Bickerton for a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Juvenile Justice System in Pennsylvania

1.)    What is a delinquent act?

A delinquent act is any crime in Pennsylvania.

2.)    What crimes would not count as a delinquent act?

  • Murder
  • The following crimes if committed if the child is over 15 years of age and used a gun:
    • Rape
    • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Robbery
    • Robbery of a motor vehicle (“Car-jacking”)
    • Kidnapping
    • Voluntary Manslaughter
    • Attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit murder
  • The following crimes if the child is over 15 years of age and was previously adjudicated delinquent of one of the crimes below:
    • Rape
    • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (IDSI)
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Robbery
    • Robbery of a motor vehicle (“Car-jacking”)
    • Kidnapping
    • Voluntary Manslaughter
    • Attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit murder
    • Summary offenses, unless the child does not comply with the terms of his or her sentence
    • Any crime committed by a child who has been convicted of a crime in a criminal proceeding (except for summary offenses)

3.)    Are all juvenile records sealed?

Not exactly.  Some records are not available to the general public, but others are.  Either way, it is important to seek an expungement of your juvenile record if you are eligible.  For more information on juvenile record expungements, go here.

4.)    Does my child have the right to an attorney?

Yes.