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    Question: What will happen if a 15yr old is charged with a felony?

    Answer: A couple of things can happen, depending on the type of felony the juvenile is charged with and what type of criminal record he or she has.

    If the felony the juvenile (age 15 and over) is charged with is one of the following, then Arizona law requires that they be charged as an adult in adult court;

    -Murder

    -Rape or Sexual Assault

    -Armed Robbery

    -Aggravated Assault - either serious physical injury or with a deadly weapon

    -Drive-by Shooting

    -Discharging a Firearm at a Structure

    or if the juvenile already has 2 prior felony convictions in juvenile court (chronic felony offender)

    These are called mandatory direct file cases.

    If the juvenile is 14 years or older, and committs any of the following felonies, then the county attorney MAY file adult charges in adult court. That is a decision made on a case-by-case basis;

    -a class 1 or 2 felony (included murder and some drug sales offenses)

    -a class 3 felony (except possession of drugs or theft)

    -a class 3,4,5, or 6 felony with intentional or knowing serious physical injury or use of deadly weapon or dangerous instrument (these would be aggravated assaults and similar offenses)

    -or a juvenile that has been convicted already of 2 felonies in juvenile court (chronic felony offender)

    Other felonies would be charged in juvenile court. Those would include, burglary, car theft, possession of marijuana, narcotics or dangerous drugs, some aggravated assaults where there is no serious injury or weapon used, fleeing from law enforcement or escape, resisting arrest, and theft.

    The juvenile court has a broad range of sentences, and does not have any mandatory sentencing provisions like adult court. The juvenile judge consideres the crime and the juvenile's circumstances, then can impose everything from community service to juvenile prison, including probation, fines, and placement in a residential treatment or foster home.


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    21 thru 25 of 37 comments     1   2   3   4  [ 5 ] ...   
    On 01/24/04
    SA from GA said:
    I think that minors should be tried as adults unless it was an accident or they are under age 10. They should not have to go to jail with 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. year old people. There should be a juvinille JAIL not a place for bad kids to go but a jail.
    On 12/17/03
    Brushy from MT said:
    I feel that the teenager got what he deserved. I mean it's not like he was a mentally retarded or anything! If he was then I would definatly disagree because not all mentally chalenged people know that is wrong to play with weapons or to kill anyone.
    On 12/16/03
    shannon from IN said:
    i think that if a teen does some type of crime it should depend what crime he/she does but if they do a hit and run they should be charged as adults.
    On 12/03/03
    julia from MT said:
    Resolved: Serious crimes by Juveniles justify treatment as adults in the U.S. Judicial System. I am on the affirmative side of this debate. As others have stated, we juveniles know better than to rob someone or shoot from our vehicles down the streets...those idiots who commit these ridiculous offenses deserve the adult charges they recieve.
    On 11/29/03
    Vane from FL said:
    I am in full aprovement with kids being charged as adults. I tell you, I am 14 years old and like many of kids of my own age I know that when you take a gun a shoot somebody either you kill that person or you hurt that person pretty badly. Yeah, parents are also responsible for their children's actions but you should all remember the times we are in right now. Kids are not as innocent as they should or as they were more than a century ago. They have a really vast knowledge of what a gun can do or what they can do with it or any other weapon because you adults show it to us and we are no innoce
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