It’s no secret that juveniles often make poor choices that can lead to criminal activity. In some cases, these choices are made without thinking about the consequences. Unfortunately, once a crime is committed, the juvenile may face serious penalties. If your child is facing criminal charges, you might be wondering if they can be charged as an adult.
Can Juveniles Be Charged as an Adult in Arizona?
In Arizona, a juvenile can be charged as an adult if they are accused of a serious crime. A serious crime is defined as a felony or a dangerous crime. A felony is a crime that is punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison. A dangerous crime is a crime that involves the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon. At the upper end of the age spectrum (15 years of age and older), the law provides that if the child is charged with certain offenses, the child will be tried as an adult.
If a juvenile is accused of a serious crime, they will be transferred to adult court. In adult court, the juvenile will be tried as an adult. If they are convicted, they will be sentenced according to Arizona law.
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How Can Parents Protect Their Child Facing Criminal Charges?
If your child is facing criminal charges, it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand the charges your child is facing and the possible penalties. They can also help you protect your child’s rights throughout the legal process.
At Suzuki Law Offices, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are here to help you and your child through this difficult time. We will thoroughly review your case and work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome.
Contact us today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a consultation.