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Question: What is the punishment for a class 4 felony (car burglary)?
Answer: Under certain circumstances, kids in cases like this can be tried as adults. Below are likely punishments for a class 4 felony in both the adult and juvenile courts.
Your the case will be handled in the juvenile court unless you used a gun or someone was seriously injured in the commission of the car burglary or you have been designated a chronic felony offender in the past.
If convicted of a Class 4 felony in the juvenile court, the judge could commit you to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (prison) until you turn 18 or place you on regular or intensive probation. You will be required to pay restitution to the victim, you may be ordered to attend counseling, perform community service, and, if placed on probation, your parents will be ordered to pay up to $40 per month for your supervision by the probation department.
In determining the appropriate sentence, the judge will look at the circumstances surrounding the crime you committed, whether you have had prior problems with the law, and any other relevant information about you such as drug use or gang involvement. You are entitled to have an attorney represent you and you should discuss your options with your attorney.
If you did use a gun or someone was seriously injured in the commission of the car burglary or if you have been designated a chronic felony offender in the past, your case could be tried in adult court.
If convicted of a Class 4 felony in adult court, you could get a minimum sentence of 1.5 years, a presumptive sentence of 2.5 years, or a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to be placed on probation for up to 3 years instead of being sent to prison. As a term of probation, the court could impose some jail time, up to 1 year. The court would look at the circumstances surrounding the offense and your history to determine the appropriate sentence.