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In Colorado, the Juvenile Criminal Code can be found in the Children’s Code of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The law gives the juvenile court the power to preside over any child who has been accused of committing a “delinquent act.”

Common delinquent acts include but are not limited to:

• Shoplifting
• Fighting
• Threatening behavior
• Drug use and/or possession
• Drug distribution
• Truancy

A child is defined as a person who is under the age of eighteen. Much different rules apply to children in the criminal justice system than to adults. Additionally, it is important to note that children who get in trouble with the law often can face school consequences, as well.

If a child has been charged with breaking a law, the child’s parent should consult an attorney experienced in juvenile criminal matters.

§ 19-1-104, C.R.S.
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