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KIDS LEGAL

Wabanaki Legal News, Spring 2005

Pine Tree Legal's KIDS LEGAL program helps kids who need legal advice and representation.  KIDS LEGAL can help with a wide variety of issues, including school problems, homelessness, bullying, physical and sexual violence, and many other legal issues. They also partner with health and social service providers, if you need more than just legal help. To learn more, go to KIDS LEGAL website.

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The State Juvenile Justice System

Wabanaki Legal News, Winter 2005
By J. Peter Sabonis, Esq.


There is one set of criminal laws for all persons in Maine. If a person under 18 years of age violates them, it is considered a juvenile crime and is handled under the Juvenile Court system. If a violator is 18 years of age or older, he or she will be charged and tried as an adult. At times, crimes are so serious that the state may ask that a juvenile be charged as an adult. (Transferring those types of cases to the adult court is called "bind over.")

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