Being suspected of involvement in a crime has serious implications for anybody. But what if you are still a minor? Or what if your child is accused of an offense? The implications can still be severe and the penalties could have a drastic affect on an individual's future. However, there are some different rules that apply when being tried as a minor. As we have seen in a previous post, juveniles have a few extra rights when dealing with the criminal justice system.
One of the ways in which the process differs for people under 18 years old is that they appear before a master rather than a judge. Furthermore, they do not choose to plead guilty, but instead either admit or do not admit to committing an offense. These cases are not made open to the public.