Our mission as the Juvenile Division of the District Attorney’s Office is to provide protection to children who have been abused or neglected and who may be further threatened by the conduct of the person responsible for the child’s health, safety, and welfare. In addition, in regards to juveniles alleged delinquent, to promote safety for the public and reduce juvenile delinquency/crime. Our plan of attack as Juvenile prosecutors is to coordinate with other state and community agencies to provide children and families with the necessary services to promote family accountability, rehabilitation, and healthy child development.
The Juvenile Division consists of two Assistant District Attorneys that handle a variety of cases involving a minor defined as a child or juvenile under the age of 18, except for those specified in Title 10A O.S. § 2-1-103(6). The Juvenile Division is responsible for initiating and prosecuting cases involving delinquent children, deprived children, and children in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Delinquent cases involve a child or juvenile committing misdemeanor and felony crimes, except as provided in Title 10A. Deprived cases involve minor children that are allegedly abused, neglected, abandoned, or unable to be cared for by their parents or legal guardians. Finally, children in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment are defined as juvenile in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment based upon his or her threat of harm to his or herself and has engaged in one or more recent acts or made threats which substantially support that expectation.