Yes. Children under age 19 have three separate and distinct categories they can be placed under, depending on the circumstances: Adolescent Offender, Juvenile Offender, and Juvenile Delinquent. They may sound the same [...]
A youthful offender adjudication is available for anyone between the ages of 14 and 19 who has committed certain criminal offenses. A person is sentenced as a youthful offender in criminal court [...]
Adolescent Offenders are 16 or 17 years old who are charged with a felony. These cases may be handled in criminal court or Family Court. An adolescent offender will start in criminal [...]
Juvenile Offenders are 13, 14, or 15 years old and charged with a serious or violent felony. As with Adolescent Offenders, the case starts in criminal court but can be transferred to [...]
Juvenile Delinquents are over the age of 7, but less than 18, and do something that would otherwise be considered criminal if done by someone older. If the case remains in family [...]
Is it better for my child or loved one to be charged as an adolescent offender, juvenile offender, or juvenile delinquent?
Ultimately, being treated as a Juvenile Delinquent is BETTER than a Juvenile Offender, which is BETTER than an Adolescent Offender. This is because the potential penalties grow progressively harsher as the child [...]
What will happen if my child is charged with a crime or offense and is required to go to family court?
All children have rights in court, including the presumption of innocence and the right to go to a trial. A prosecutor will handle the prosecution of the case against the child and [...]
Punishments in the juvenile realm are vast, but can include: Orders of Protection Payments of Restitution Letters of Apology Community Service Probation or Community Supervision Removal and Placement in a juvenile facility [...]
When a person is convicted of a crime, a Judge is responsible for determining the sentence that person will receive. This is appropriately called the “sentencing” phase of a criminal case. What [...]
Your child will have a better chance at receiving a YO sentence if your criminal defense lawyer can argue that there is evidence of rehabilitation and demonstration of living a productive life [...]