My son was arrested in Arizona, and he's only 15. He'll definitely go through the juvenile court system, right?
It's a common misconception that all minors will be tried in juvenile court. Although the AZ juvenile court system was designed to handle minors under the age of 18, it's not always as simple as that. For example, minors under the age of seven are not usually tried at all, although you may be held liable as a parent. And some minors may be transferred into the adult court system and tried as an adult, depending on considerations such as the severity of the crime and the appearance of the minor when speaking with the judge. In fact, it is becoming increasingly common for judges to transfer minors between the ages of 15 and 18 to the adult court system.
If you aren't sure what to expect in your child's Arizona juvenile offense case, contact a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Give us a call today at 1-888-929-5292 or 602-258-1000. We want to help you understand your child's rights so that you can better protect his or her future.