State v. Rivens, 198 N.C. App. 130 (2009)

No Error

The trial court did not err in failing to dismiss the aggravating factor in G.S. 15A-1340.16(d)(18a) where the State could only provide proof of the defendant’s Transcript of Admission, and not the Juvenile Adjudication Order or the Disposition/Commitment Order. Because a juvenile admission carries the same protections and implications as a guilty plea by an adult and a formal entry of judgment is not required in order to have a conviction, the juvenile’s admission in a delinquency proceeding was sufficient to establish the aggravating factor of being adjudicated delinquent.

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