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Juvenile Delinquent's Right to Counsel and Waiver of That Right (2008 Update)

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This brief report, updated for 2008, summarizes current state provisions governing a juvenile’s right to counsel and right to waive. All jurisdictions grant the right to counsel; whether a juvenile may waive that right generally depends on whether the waiver is found to be knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. In addition, courts generally consider other circumstances, such as age, maturity, and the involvement of the juvenile’s parents or guardian.