A. Smith Law Office, L.L.C.
Juvenile criminal and traffic offenses are handled differently from adult
criminal and traffic offenses. Juvenile offenses are handled through the
juvenile judicial system and the juvenile courts have jurisdiction over
matters concerning traffic violations, child delinquency, neglect, truancy,
and running away. Many juveniles are referred to juvenile courts by law
enforcement officers, while others are referred by school officials, social
services agencies, neighbors, and even parents for behavior or conditions that
are determined to require intervention by the formal system for social control.
Once a juvenile
is under juvenile court disposition the court may retain jurisdiction until the
juvenile legally becomes an adult. At times following the release of the
juvenile, the juvenile is often ordered to a period of probation (a.k.a.
aftercare) which is similar to parole supervision for adult offenders. Juvenile
offenders who violate the conditions of aftercare may have their aftercare
revoked resulting in the juvenile being recommitted to a juvenile