Last week, a kindergartner in Houston, Texas brought a loaded firearm to school. At lunch, the gun fell out of the child's pocket and accidentally discharged. The child who brought the firearm to school was injured, as were two of his classmates. Fortunately, no one was critically injured. However, the incident raises an important question: When a young child brings a gun to school or commits another offense, can he/she be charged with a crime?
In some circumstances, juvenile offenses can be transferred to adult court. In other cases, adjudications can have life-long consequences. Specifically, adjudications for juvenile
firearm offenses and
violent crimes can affect your child well into adulthood. If your child is charged with a criminal or delinquent offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable
juvenile crimes lawyer as soon as possible.
No one under the age of eight (8) can be charged with a juvenile (or "delinquent") offense in Nevada state court. Between the ages of eight (8) and fourteen (14), courts presume that a child does
not have the intent necessary to commit a delinquent offense. If charges are brought against a child who is between eight (8) and fourteen (14), the prosecutor must show by
clear evidence that the child knew the wrongfulness of his/her conduct at the time the offense was committed.