Minors who commit crimes in Arizona are subject to prosecution in juvenile court. A child who is adjudicated (convicted) of a crime in juvenile court may face penalties including intensive probation, fines and restitution, performing community service, or even serving time in a juvenile correction facility. If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, contact AZ Defenders right away. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers will work hard to lessen the penalties your child is facing.
State law concerning juvenile offenders is contained in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 8, Chapter 3. This statute includes seven articles addressing juvenile offenders, including:
Under Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-501, a juvenile who has been accused of a criminal offense and has a historical prior felony conviction can be tried as an adult.
A juvenile who was 15, 16, or 17 years of age at the time the alleged offense was committed shall be tried as an adult for any of the following offenses:
Except as provided above, a juvenile who was 14 years of age or older at the time the offense was allegedly committed may be tried as an adult for a:
Our Phoenix juvenile crimes defense attorneys have a deep understanding of state laws governing juvenile crimes. Call AZ Defenders as soon as possible if your minor child has been charged with a crime.