Age of criminal responsibility
What can happen if I commit an offence?
The law understands that young people make mistakes and sometimes don't think through the consequences of their actions.
If you are under 18 years old and break the law, the police can sometimes choose to give you a caution, or refer you to a Juvenile Justice Team instead of charging you with a criminal offence.
If the police do charge you with a criminal offence for something you did when you were under 18, the charge will be dealt with in the Children's Court. There are a range of sentencing options available to the court.