The Youth Prosecution Division prosecutes all levels of offenses, ranging from serious traffic offenses to homicides. Attorneys specialize in the areas of domestic abuse and criminal sexual conduct prosecutions.
Prosecutors seek to maintain public safety through sanctions and programming that are appropriate for the young person and the circumstances of the offense.
Cases involving youth who commit violent crimes before age 18 are prosecuted with an emphasis on protecting public safety. Many less serious offenses, including first time lower level offenders, are diverted through Headway and other community agencies to avoid formal charging and prosecution if possible.
Any case involving a young person who commits a crime when they are between the ages of 10 and 17 begins in juvenile court. With a few exceptions for especially violent crimes, most of these cases remain in juvenile court. Younger children are referred to the child welfare system.