Juveniles Tried as Adults

Factors that Can Lead to a Juvenile Tried as an Adult

At times, a judge may feel it is necessary to issue a waiver to move a child or young teen’s case to the adult court system. In most of these cases, the crimes involved with the charges are of the more serious nature or the minor has faced previous charges. While an adult court gives a juvenile more protection under the constitution, the penalties can be more severe than the penalties faced in the juvenile system. Some factors that are considered are:

  • A minor is charged with a serious crime
  • The child or young teen has an extensive criminal record
  • Post-rehabilitation efforts for the minor have not helped
  • The juvenile is close to the age of an adult

Procedures for Moving the Case to Adult Court

The most common request to move a juvenile case to an adult court is made by the prosecutor.  However, a juvenile court judge may also request that the case be moved. Once a prosecutor or judge initiates a waiver, the juvenile will go to a hearing and will need proper legal representation.

If your child is facing charges as an adult, you must enlist the representation of an expert criminal defense attorney. Christopher Braddock understands the consequences of this important point and the long-term ramifications the results can have on your child and your family’s life.

Big Cases Involving Juveniles Tried as Adults

Typically, a juvenile’s attorney will file a counter to a waiver for a child to be tried as an adult. However, there may be circumstances that may lead to more advantages to have the case tried in an adult court. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can help determine which will be the most beneficial for the juvenile. Contact Christopher T. Braddock today to start the best defense for your child.