Tried as an Adult: Crimes that Could Put Your Child Behind Bars
Call a Columbus criminal defense attorney if your child is in trouble
While no parent wants their son or daughter to get into trouble, some still abide by the ‘kids will be kids’ mentality. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? A slap on the wrist? A fine?
When a minors (defined as a person under the age of 18) commit a crime, they are typically punished via juvenile detention or subjected to community service and rehabilitation. But when kids reach their late teens, they can latch on to a false sense of imperviousness that only fuels destructive behavior.
The truth is, there are cases when a juvenile commits a crime so severe that their status as a minor is waived, and he or she is tried as an adult. Or, the child’s illegal actions are so repetitious that the court decides to take a harsher approach.
Here are a few circumstances that would allow the courts to charge a child as an adult:
Committing a serious offense
If a person under 18 commits an egregious crime such as rape or aggravated murder, the court may decide that penalties that are typically applied to a juvenile aren’t severe enough, and may elect to try them as an adult.
Being a repeat offender or already having a criminal record
When a person under 18 is repeatedly in trouble with the law, or commits a crime after a lengthy criminal record, the court may decide to try them as an adult in order to administer stricter punishment.
Being close to age 18
As children near the age of 18, they are expected to be more responsible, show better judgement and exhibit a higher level of self control. That’s why, the older a child is, the more likely he or she will be charged as an adult for a serious crime. For instance, a 17-year-old is more at risk of being tried as an adult than a 14-year-old for committing the same crime.
Not responding to rehabilitation programs
If repeated attempts through rehabilitation, behavioral therapy and juvenile detention have failed to correct a child’s behavior, the court may try a child as an adult to administer a harsher sentence.
If your son or daughter has committed a crime, contact a Columbus criminal defense attorney
With the perception that juvenile crime is on the rise, more and more states are not only charging juveniles as adults, but also petitioning to lower the minimum age to be able to waive the rights of minors in court.
If your child is tried and convicted for a crime as an adult, he or she may face jail time as well as a lifelong mark on their permanent record, which could interfere with their ability to get a job or be accepted to college in the future.
That’s why you need the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer. We’ll look over your child’s case and work to get their charges minimized or even completely thrown out.