New Changes May Allow Many 16 and 17 year old students in Wake County to avoid adult criminal court.
North Carolina is one of two states that treat teens as young as 16 as adults when charged with a criminal offense. Last school year in Wake County, reports show that 48 percent of court referrals filed by law-enforcement officers assigned to schools were made to the adult criminal court system.
New Wake County Program
A new county-funded program may allow Wake County teenagers who commit less serious criminal offenses a chance to face the consequences for their actions without getting a criminal record. Wake County students would be diverted from adult criminal court to alternatives such as Teen Court and Mediation. Raleigh area students who successfully complete the program, which will come with treatment for behavioral issues, would not face criminal charges or have an arrest record on their file.
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Contact Raleigh Defense Attorney Wiley Nickel
If you are a parent of a 16 or 17 year old student and your child was charged with a criminal offense in Wake County North Carolina you can contact Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer Wiley Nickel for a free consultation at 919-585-1486 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We handle misdemeanor criminal cases in the Raleigh area including assault, larceny, drug possession and traffic citations.