Juvenile division - Frequently Asked Questions

Are juveniles files automatically expunged after turning the age of 18?

No, the individual must petition the court to do so.

What are some of the more common offenses seen today?

Juveniles are involved in more violent crimes than ever before and many are with hand guns.

Who has access to juvenile records?

If a  formal petition has been filed in the court, that record is public.  All informal records are kept confidential.

What is a status offense?

A status offense can only be committed by a juvenile,  the offense otherwise would not be criminal if committed by an adult.   Examples are truancy, curfew violations, leaving home and minors consuming alcohol.

When is a child waived to adult court?

A child can be waived to adult court either by the nature of the crime committed or the history of delinquency of the child.   Some crimes carry an automatic waiver to the adult court, such as murder, robbery with bodily injury or deadly weapon, rape, kidnapping, sawed-off shotgun, car jacking dealing in cocaine or schedule I, II, III, IV, substance, criminal gang activity/intimidation, carrying handgun, children and handgun, criminal deviate conduct and crimes joined if the child is 16 years or older.

What are some different types of dispositions?

Once adjudicated delinquent a child can be placed in the Allen County Juvenile Center, the Department of Corrections, Juvenile Probation, Counseling, Community Service, Electronic Monitoring, and various social services agencies.

What is the age of Majority?

At the age of 18 the child is considered an adult.