What is a juvenile crime?

Generally, under Wisconsin law, juveniles commit delinquent acts, not crimes. Criminal complaints (criminal charges) are not brought in the juvenile system. Rather, a delinquency petition is filed alleging the crime. Likewise, young adults who are found guilty are not “convicted” in juvenile court; they are adjudicated delinquent. Rather than facing the potential for jail time, they face the potential for juvenile detention. Additionally, in juvenile court, there is no right to bail, nor is there a right to trial by jury.

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