Juvenile Defense

North Carolina is one of only two states in the country where 16-year-olds are treated as adults in criminal court. In North Carolina, offenders under the age of 16 are prosecuted in the juvenile courts. These are special proceedings where the juvenile is adjudicated and may be sentenced to treatment, rehabilitation, or faces incarceration in a facility for juvenile offenders. Juvenile rights and proceedings differ greatly from adult proceedings so it is important that the juvenile and their family members know and understand the process from the beginning. In certain cases, there is the possibility of a juvenile’s case being moved to the adult criminal court for prosecution where even a juvenile may be tried and punished as an adult, even if they are under the age of 16. If you or a family member have been charged in a juvenile action, contact our firm today to speak with an attorney about this matter to ensure that you know and understand your rights and that they are protected throughout the juvenile court process.


Practicing in this Field

John C. Phillips

Partner, Attorney at Law

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