Delinquent Child Law and Legal Definition

A delinquent child is a child of a certain age, who has violated a criminal law or engaged in a disobedient, indecent or immoral conduct. A delinquent child is usually in need of rehabilitation.

The following is an example of a state statute (Illinois) defining Delinquent Child:

According to § 720 ILCS 130/1a a delinquent child is any minor who prior to his 17th birthday has violated or attempted to violate, regardless of where the act occurred, any federal or State law or municipal ordinance.