Juvenile Prosecution

Juvenile Offender Cases

The county attorney is the prosecutor in all cases involving juvenile offenders. These range from curfew violation to the most serious felony criminal behavior. The county attorney oversees diversion programs, which allow minor offenders to receive consequences without going to court. These programs are intended to reduce repeat offenses.

Trial as an Adult

While a goal of juvenile court is rehabilitation of offenders, due to public safety concerns, the county attorney may ask the court to certify a juvenile to stand trial as an adult. Upon conviction, the juvenile could then receive all potential adult sanctions, including a prison sentence.