Initially, a youth might be a status offender, such as one who is truant or fleeing parental custody.
Level I involves misdemeanor-level offenses such as as assault or property damage.
Level II typically involves one or two adjudications, or the youth may have been on probation and received a new charge. Before reaching Level II, delinquent youths are likely to have been assigned to community-operated programs, to probationary supervision by a juvenile court counselor or to a combination of both.
Level III involves juveniles who have escalated their offenses and face court-ordered commitment to a youth development center. These are secure facilities where Juvenile Services escalates its treatment programs.
—Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, NC Department of Public Safety