Juvenile Delinquency in Arizona
There is nothing worse than seeing your child get into legal trouble. The juvenile court system isn’t always a lenient place, and depending on the type of crime, your child can be tried as an adult. For those who are in the Flagstaff area, there are a number of considerations that should be made if your child gets into legal trouble. Rather than allow your child to suffer significant consequences as a result of being tried in juvenile court, there are a few steps you can take to help them foster the better and brighter future that they deserve.
What Is a Juvenile Under Arizona Law?
The Arizona Legislature has set the guidelines regarding juvenile delinquency. Arizona Revised Statute 13-501 has defined what a juvenile is under Arizona law and what types of crimes allow a juvenile to be tried as an adult. A juvenile is an individual who falls within the age range of 8 to 17 years old. While in some cases a juvenile cannot be tried as adult, there are a few instances where there are exceptions.
For Arizona legal purposes, a “delinquent” juvenile is one who is able to be tried in Arizona Juvenile Court. For an individual to be a “delinquent” in Arizona Juvenile Court, the individual must be in the age range of 14 to 17 who could commit a crime that falls under Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statues.
What Types of Crimes Lead to Trial as an Adult?
There are a few instances in which the Arizona Juvenile Court will try an individual as an adult. For example, if a juvenile has committed criminal offenses such as armed robbery, sexual assault, first-degree or second-degree murder, or any other violent offenses, then the juvenile could be tried as an adult.
Steps to Take to Fostering a Better Future
No parent ever wants to see their child in legal trouble. When your child gets into legal trouble, there is a certain procedure that the juvenile court undertakes. Once your child receives a petition from the court detailing the delinquent acts, an advisory hearing will be ordered. During the advisory hearing, the juvenile will be informed that they have the right to legal counsel. At this stage, the court will either grant you one of their attorneys or you will be able to hire one on your own. Hiring an outside lawyer is always the best solution, as such individuals are highly skilled and experienced in dealing with these types of cases.
There are a number of very useful actions that a lawyer can take to help your child in juvenile court. Your lawyer could be able to get the charges dismissed, petition the action against your child, or lessen the charges. In addition, if the lawyer finds that the court has erred or has caused some sort of injury to the juvenile, then it is possible to help get remedies such as restitution or an expunged record when the juvenile turns 18.
At the Law Offices of Gonzales & Poirier, you can get the legal counsel you and your child deserve. Our firm is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has been helping juveniles and their families within the Arizona Juvenile Court system get the proper legal care they deserve for a bright and positive future. For more information or to contact one of our attorneys, please give us a call at (855) 774-5400 or visit our website.