Except for most motor vehicle criminal violations, and some hunting and fishing offenses, persons under the age of 18 who are charged with criminal conduct are considered to be juveniles. Procedure in a juvenile case is different from that in an adult case. An intake worker advises the District Attorney whether to prosecute. The trial is heard in District Court by a judge alone. Trials of Class D and E offenses are closed to the public. A juvenile murder trial and trials of Class A, B and C offenses are open to the public. A juvenile who is charged with murder, or a Class A, B or C offense may be tried as an adult, when certain legal conditions are met.
- What Happens if I am Charged with a Juvenile Offense? - Kids Legal a statewide project at Pine Tree Legal Assistance Inc.
- Division of Juvenile Services - Maine Department of Corrections
- Juvenile Justice Advisory Group - Division of Juvenile Services, Maine Department of Corrections