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     26-7A-126.   Law enforcement treatment as juvenile cited violation--Procedure--Report to state's attorney. The following allegations of delinquency and children in need of supervision shall be treated as juvenile cited violations by law enforcement:
             (1)      Petty theft in the second degree pursuant to § 22-30A-17.3;
             (2)      Intentional damage to property, four hundred dollars or less, pursuant to § 22-34-1;
             (3)      Purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverage by person under twenty-one years pursuant to § 35-9-2 in accordance with subdivision 26-8B-2(5); and
             (4)      Truancy pursuant to subdivision 26-8B-2(1).
     The issuing officer shall notify the child and the child's parent, guardian, or custodian that a hearing on the citation for a cited violation shall be held before a judicial circuit court judge within ten days of issuance of the citation or on the next available court date and be treated as a confidential juvenile matter. The hearing shall be held pursuant to § 26-7A-36 and the case records shall be treated as confidential consistent with the provisions of §§ 26-7A-114, 26-7A-115, 26-7A-116, 26-7A-120, and 26-7A-27. A cited violation is not an adjudication or a child in need of supervision or delinquency proceeding. In lieu of a citation, pursuant to subdivision 26-7A-126(4), a school official may file a report with the state's attorney. A report may also be filed with the state's attorney in lieu of a citation if the conduct occurs in conjunction with another offense that is not subject to the juvenile cited violation process.

Source: SL 2015, ch 152, § 37, eff. Jan. 1, 2016; SL 2017, ch 115, § 3, eff. Mar. 13, 2017.


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