How are children and youth prosecuted?

A minor is typically prosecuted for criminal conduct as a delinquent in a separate juvenile court system. The delinquency law RSA 169-B is confidential and the proceedings are closed to the public. The records are also sealed. Juvenile proceedings mirror an adult criminal charge with an emphasis on rehabilitation and services.

In New Hampshire (NH) any child who is charged with a crime under 18 years of age will likely be charged as a delinquent. Particularly violent crimes may, depending on the age of the offender or severity, be tried in adult criminal court.

It is important to contact a criminal defense lawyer familiar with the juvenile delinquency laws and criminal law if you child is charged.