In the law, a minor is referred to as a JUVENILE. When a juvenile commits an offense which would be a felony if committed by an adult, the juvenile is charged with being DELINQUENT. If the juvenile commits an offense which would be a misdemeanor if committed by an adult, and it is the juvenile’s first offense, the juvenile is charged with being WAYWARD. A juvenile may also be charged with offenses called STATUS OFFENSES , which apply only to minors, such as truancy, disobedience, etc. An action against a juvenile is not considered a criminal action and the juvenile, even if found guilty, will not have a criminal record. Many of the procedures are the same, however, as those for adults charged with crime.