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Are there financial burdens placed on adjudicated children and their families?
Children who are adjudicated delinquent are required to pay fines and court costs. All children adjudicated delinquent or subject to a consent decree owe $25 to the Victim Compensation Fund and $23.50 to the Judicial Computer Fund, regardless of whether the offense would be a misdemeanor or a felony if committed by an adult. Depending on the offense, the jurisdiction and the legal circumstances, adjudicated youth may be required to pay fines and restitution. For example:
  • In some jurisdictions, the child adjudicated delinquent may be required to personally pay the fines, instead of the parents.
  • Children may be required to pay victims for damages and out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of delinquent conduct, including insurance deductibles, property damages, and the value of stolen items.
  • Unpaid fines and restitution may be ordered by the court, converted into a judgment, and could ultimately damage the child's credit.
  • Some jurisdictions allow the judge to waive court fees due to undue hardship.

Whenever appropriate, it is the responsibility of the defense attorney to argue that a child does not have the ability to pay a fine or restitution due to age or financial circumstance.

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1. Are juvenile adjudications of delinquency public knowledge?
2. Are the hearings in juvenile court open to the public?
3. Are there financial burdens placed on adjudicated children and their families?
4. Can a juvenile adjudication of delinquency affect the ability of a person to obtain a license to carry a firearm?
5. Can a young man or woman enlist in the military if he or she has been adjudicated delinquent of an offense?
6. Does a juvenile adjudication of delinquency mandate that the child submit a DNA sample that will be kept by law enforcement?
7. How can a juvenile adjudication of delinquency be expunged?
8. Is a juvenile adjudication of delinquency a criminal conviction?
9. Will a juvenile adjudication of delinquency affect driving privileges?