When a person under the age of 18 commits a crime in Arizona, it is often charged as a Juvenile Crime. Depending on the crime, their penalties are less severe than they would be if the same crime was committed by somebody over the age of 18. For example, instead of getting jail time, juveniles are often sentenced to rehabilitation programs when appropriate. The idea behind leniency like this is to offer youth the opportunity to learn and to overcome challenges that might lead them to criminal behavior before they enter adulthood, and thus hopefully preventing future criminal activity later in their lives.
Minors charged with more serious crimes such as murder or rape, or those who have previous criminal activity on their record can be punished much more severely or can even be tried as an adult.
Although Arizona has been said to be more lenient when it comes to juvenile crime, it is important to realize the weight of juvenile convictions and the long-term affects they can have. Juvenile conviction can affect a person’s ability to get approved for admissions or scholarships to certain colleges and can also have a negative affect on one’s ability to qualify for certain jobs or housing.
An experienced and aggressive Mesa Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney, like Charlie Naegle, can provide a strong defense for you or your child. He can provide protection for your rights, explanation of the legal process for minors, and can offer the best possible defense for your case. The Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys is known for their dedication and commitment to their clients and has had great success in protecting the rights of minors and helping get their lives back on track.
If you or your child are being charged with juvenile crime, contact The Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys immediately. The help that Charlie Naegle can provide in your case could be vital to your future.