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When Are Juveniles Charged As Adults?

As a criminal defense attorney, I often get asked when juveniles can be charged as adults. This is a complex issue, and many factors come into play. In this blog post, we will explore some common scenarios where juveniles can be charged as adults and provide tips on what you can do if you or your child is facing this situation.

1. Serious Crimes

Juveniles who commit serious crimes such as murder, rape, or armed robbery can be charged as adults. The severity of the crime is often the determining factor in whether a juvenile is charged as an adult or not.

2. Age of the Juvenile

The age of the juvenile can also be a factor in whether they are charged as an adult. In some states, 16- or 17 years old can be automatically charged as adults for certain crimes. However, the age limit in other states may be lower or higher.

3. Prior Criminal History

A juvenile with a prior criminal history may be more likely to be charged as an adult. This is because the court may view them as repeat offender who is unlikely to change their behavior.

4. Transfer Hearings

In some cases, the prosecution may request a transfer hearing to have a juvenile charged as an adult. During this hearing, the court will consider factors such as the severity of the crime, the juvenile’s age and criminal history, and other relevant factors.

5. Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Finally, some states have mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes. This means that if a juvenile is charged as an adult and convicted, they will be required to serve a certain amount of time in prison regardless of age.

If you or your child is facing a situation where they may be charged as an adult, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the legal system and ensure that your rights are protected.

At Ahmad & Associates, we have extensive experience representing juveniles facing adult charges. We understand the complexities of this issue and can provide you with the guidance and support you need during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help.

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