Generally speaking, children less than the age of majority have very few rights. In most states this age of majority is eighteen years. The legal logic is that people under the age of majority by virtue of their maturity level can't be held responsible for acts committed. Again, in most states, the parents or legal guardian of a child less than eighteen years, can and are held accountable for a child's actions. Note though that the severity of the alleged crime has a great deal with how the courts look at situations such as these. If the alleged offense is a felony or of a particularly heinous nature the courts will often allow the state to charge the offender as an adult. This usually occurs with violent crimes such as murder, rape, or manslaughter.