When a minor commits a crime, he or she may be subject to prosecution in juvenile court. Typically, cases involving minors are treated differently than crimes that are committed by adults, largely based on the age and lack of experience of the defendants. In some serious cases, however, the minor may be prosecuted as an adult. The act of transferring a juvenile case to an adult court is called a “juvenile waiver”.
If a minor is accused of a crime, he or she may face fines, probation, or incarceration for a set period of time. If your child has been charged with a crime, consult the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to discuss the case today.
Reasons for Juvenile Waivers
Juvenile cases may be transferred to adult court by:
- A judge order requiring the minor to be tried as an adult to prevent the defendant from receiving legal protection as a minor
- Statutory exclusions in some states that set limits on what type of crimes cannot be tried in juvenile court and must be tried as an adult case
- Concurrent jurisdiction cases in which the prosecutor can file a criminal case in adult and juvenile courts.
Most cases involving juvenile waivers require the defendant to be at least 17 years old, although some states allow for individuals as young as 14 to be tried as adults. In order for a case to be recommended for adult court, the crime committed is usually of a very serious nature.
Contact an Appleton Criminal Lawyer
If a minor in your family is facing adult criminal charges, contact the Appleton criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to discuss your legal options.