How Juvenile Criminal Cases are Handled in Arizona
In Arizona, our juvenile courts handle cases involving children between the age of 8 to 18. For children 15 years and older who commit certain violent offenses, the child may be tried as an adult. Unlike in most adult criminal cases where a jury decides guilt or innocence, in juvenile cases the decision is made by a judge. Also, there is no mandatory sentencing in juvenile cases, and many juveniles may be eligible for a “pre-filing diversion” program such as community service or classes to educate the child on how to avoid repeating their mistakes.
Although there are differences between adult criminal cases and juvenile cases such as the court system, the rules, and the consequences, the potential impact on your child’s future is still very serious. That’s why you need legal representation for your child – you need the criminal defense lawyers of the Weingart Firm.