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If your child has been arrested, talk to Charlie Naegle, an experienced Mesa juvenile defense attorneyScale of Justice on a table at Naegle Law Firm. Minors (children under the age of 18) are typically charged as juveniles, meaning they are tried in a separate court with different consequences. Minors are capable of committing the same criminal offenses as adults, but their penalties are generally not as severe when they are charged as juveniles.

Common juvenile crimes that we have handled include:

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The Juvenile Justice System

Historically, Arizona courts like to give minors the chance to rehabilitate, rather than placing them directly into jail. This philosophy is based on the presumption that rehabilitation will prevent the minor from committing the crime again.

However, minors who already have a criminal record, or who are convicted of serious felonies, such as murder or rape, can be tried as adults and given those corresponding penalties. In Arizona, serious juvenile crimes are punishable by fines and either jail time or time in a juvenile detention facility.

Are Juvenile Records Sealed in Arizona?

Juvenile records can be sealed or destroyed in Arizona. In Arizona, to destroy your juvenile conviction you must meet certain criteria and if you don’t meet the criteria, you can still seal your juvenile record. To seal your juvenile record you must be at least 18 years old, even 25 in certain circumstances. The benefits of sealing your juvenile convictions are that it will not show up in your background check and will appear as if it never happened. Other benefits include:

  • Student loan eligibility

  • Eligibility for housing assistance

  • Tell employers that you’ve never been convicted

Requirements to Destroy Your Arizona Juvenile Conviction

You must meet the following criteria to have your juvenile conviction destroyed:

  • Be at least 18

  • Not be convicted of a felony as an adult

  • Paid all fines and restitution

  • Successfully completed probation and more

What is The Maximum Sentence For a Juvenile?

Juveniles who have been sentenced to youth detention are sent to a young offenders’ institution. The maximum sentence for juveniles aged 16 or 17 is two years. For juveniles aged 12 to 15 the maximum is one year. While in youth detention they attend school and are given extra lessons in, for instance, social skills and anger management. Some of the juveniles need intensive treatment and counselling to avoid repeat offending, for instance because they suffer from a disorder. In these disorder cases, the court can impose a ‘PIJ order’ for placement in a youth protection and custody institution. A PIJ order is valid for at least three years and may be extended to a maximum of seven years.

Importance of Hiring an Experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney

Being charged with any juvenile crime can have a lasting, negative effect on a minor. Unless the minor's record is expunged, the criminal charge will remain on his or her record forever, making it difficult to qualify for a job, or apply to a university. Minors and their families need to do what they can to make sure charges for juvenile crimes do not have lasting negative repercussions.

A Mesa juvenile defense attorney can provide minors charged with juvenile crimes with the protection they need to get their life back on track. Attorneys like Charlie Naegle work with the minor, the family, and the juvenile court system to ensure the best possible outcome for the child. Families should not try to represent their child on their own. The juvenile court system is very different from the adult system and a thorough knowledge of the options and consequences available to minors can make all the difference for a child's future.

Ready to Work with an Aggressive Advocate?

We are ready to schedule your free consultation. When you hire Naegle Law Firm, you work directly with our lead attorney, Charlie Naegle. For your convenience, you may also use our consultation request form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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Clients Share Their Experiences

  • He Was Able to Get My Case Dismissed

    “I couldn't be happier with his hard work and his knowledge of the law.”

    - Satisfied Client
  • Glad I Had Him as My Lawyer

    “Charlie Naegle is one of the top defense attorneys practicing law in the State of Arizona and I fully endorse him to anyone in need of a great lawyer who fights for his clients rights and their defense against the charges against them.”

    - Larry
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Success Stories

  • Case Dismissed Interference with a Judicial Order of Protection
  • Case Reduced to Civil Fine Criminal Speeding
  • Not Guilty Two Counts of DUI
  • Full Acquittal Disorderly Conduct
  • Case Dismissed DUI
  • Charges Reduced DUI
  • Charges Reduced - License Saved Underage DUI
  • Pre-Indictment Dismissal Aggravated Assault
  • Jury Trial - Not Guilty Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement
  • Jury Trial - Not Guilty on All Counts Several Felony Charges

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