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Criminal Procedure in Juvenile Court

Because of the age and vulnerability of minors, there are additional protections built into the juvenile justice system. Thus, the procedures for juvenile justice proceedings differ from those of the adult criminal justice system. This is true from the very first police questioning of a minor suspect to the effect that a criminal conviction has on a juvenile's permanent record. This section describes the steps in the juvenile justice system, lists the situations in which a juvenile can be tried as an adult, and offers guidance for choosing a juvenile justice attorney.

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