This is Part 5 of our weekly North Carolina Criminal Defense video blog: “Can a Juvenile Be Tried as an Adult?“
If a juvenile is charged with first degree murder and probable cause is found in juvenile court for that murder case, it must, by statute, go to adult court.
First degree murder where probable cause is found will be handled in adult court. Felonies can be transferred to superior court upon a motion of the state once probable cause has been found in juvenile court. Oftentimes, that depends on whether the juvenile has received services in the juvenile system and either has not been rehabilitated or continues to reoffend and sometimes they will be tried as adults.