If an individual under 18 years of age is accused of a crime, most likely
that person will be considered a juvenile in the court system and end
up in juvenile court. When a minor is charged of a crime, often the minor
is arrested and sent to juvenile detention center.
Common types of delinquent acts or crimes prosecuted in the juvenile courts
throughout Nevada include:
The Difference Between Juvenile Court & Adult Court
At a minor’s first court appearance, he or she will either admit
or deny the allegation against them. In adult court, on the other hand,
the defendants either plead guilty or not guilty to the charges.
While juvenile charges are treated less like criminal offenses in the court
system, the results and consequences can be similar. If a minor committed
an offense, they can be convicted of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor,
or felony which are associated with detention sentences, fines, community
service, or counseling.
However, children can be tried as adults for the following serious crimes:
- A minor age 13 and up can be tried as an adult for homicide or attempted homicide
- A minor age 14 and up can be tried as an adult for most felony offenses
- A minor age 16 and up can be tried as an adult for sexual assault or attempted
How an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
The large of the juvenile system focuses on rehabilitation, as opposed
to punishment. The judge, probation, counselors, and attorneys work together
to determine what is the best course of action for the minor to make sure
any troublesome behavior is charged and not repeated.
Law Office of David R. Fischer is experienced with the juvenile court system in Nevada. If you have a
minor who has been accused of a criminal offense, our Las Vegas
criminal defense attorney is ready to protect your child’s rights, reputation, and future.
Call (702) 866-9864 to request a free consultation today.