Topic Archive: Status Offenses

Bellevue Sch. Dist. v. E.S.

NJDC signed onto an amicus brief written by the Juvenile Law Center supporting the Washington Court of Appeals ruling that a student has a due process right to counsel at the initial hearing of a juvenile court truancy proceeding. Other amici in this case included the ACLU of Washington, arguing the state and federal constitutional…

Status Offenses

Status offenses are activities deemed unlawful due to the actor’s status as a minor at the time of the act, and would not be illegal if committed by an adult. Examples of status offenses include truancy, running away, possession and consumption of alcohol, and curfew violations. Since 1974, the “deinstitutionalization of status offenders” or “DSO…

Juvenile Defense Resource Center Partnership

Real and sustainable juvenile defense reform takes a collaborative effort. NJDC is pleased to be a part of the Resource Center Partnership, which allows NJDC to actively engage a broader community of stakeholders that includes judges, court administrators, policy advocates, educators, families, legislators, and other interested parties. The Partnership is based on nearly twenty years…