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Complaints filed against juveniles by offense type in North Carolina

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The total number of undisciplined and delinquent complaints filed against juveniles.
A delinquent complaint refers to the charging of an offense, including violation of motor vehicle laws, that would be a crime under state law or an ordinance of local government if committed by an adult.

Class A-E include offenses classified as violent and are considered felonies.
Class F-I, A1 include offenses classified as serious and are considered misdemeanors.
Class 1-3 include offenses classified as minor and are considered misdemeanors.


Juveniles may be duplicated when complaints are filed in multiple counties, or for multiple offenses.

North Carolina's juvenile justice system jurisdiction extends to youth ages 6-17 charged with status/undisciplined offenses and juveniles ages 6-15 charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Youth ages 16 and older charged with misdemeanors or felonies are prosecuted in adult courts.

Data accessed August 2022.

Last Updated

August 2022