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What is “Waiver to Adult Court”?

In certain circumstances, depending on the seriousness of the alleged offence, a child may be “waived” to adult court and tried as an adult. Once waived to adult court, the child is no longer under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and is subject to the same criminal procedures and penalties as adults. Waiver of a juvenile to adult court is a serious matter and can be very complicated. You should talk to an attorney.

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