North Carolina remains one of only two states in the nation to prosecute 16-year-olds in adult criminal court. New York is the other state with this distinction, but it has a “reverse waiver” law that permits a defendant to petition the court to be tried as a juvenile. Eight states send juveniles to criminal court at age 17, but the overwhelming majority of states (40 plus the District of Columbia) set their respective ages of adult criminal responsibility at age 18. This law needs to be changed because it is putting North Carolina children at a big disadvantage to children in other states who are free from the life long effects of a criminal record. If you were charged with a crime at ages 16 or 17 contact North Carolina expungement attorney Wiley Nickel for a free consultation to see what can be done to erase your North Carolina criminal record based on an arrest at age 16 or 17.