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Kentucky Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyers


Juvenile "Public Offenses" in Kentucky

“Public offense action” means an action, excluding contempt, brought in the interest of a child who is accused of committing an offense under KRS Chapter 527 or a public offense which, if committed by an adult, would be a crime, whether the same is a felony, misdemeanor, or violation, other than an action alleging that a child sixteen (16) years of age or older has committed a motor vehicle offense. KRS 600.020(50)

NOTE: In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, juvenile public offenses, with the exception of motor vehicle offenses committed by a child sixteen (16) years of age or older, are prosecuted during a confidential juvenile session of the county’s District Court (unless the child is being tried as an adult, or a youthful offender, in Circuit Court).

Juvenile "Status Offenses" in Kentucky

“Status offense action” is any action brought in the interest of a child who is accused of committing acts, which if committed by an adult, would not be a crime. Such behavior shall not be considered criminal or delinquent and such children shall be termed status offenders. Status offenses shall include:


    (b) Status offenses shall not include violations of state or local ordinances which may apply to children such as a violation of curfew.

    KRS 600.020(64)

    NOTE: In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, juvenile status offenses are prosecuted during a confidential juvenile session of the county’s Family Court (or district court in smaller Kentucky counties that do not have a family court).


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