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What Happens to a Felony Juvenile Offender?

While being charged with any kind of juvenile offense is no laughing matter, felony juvenile offenses are particularly serious.  Once a juvenile has been adjudicated a first time felony juvenile offender, that person will be put on notice.  If that person commits another offense which would be a felony if committed by an adult, and if that person is 14 years of age or older, that person could either be charged as a juvenile or as an adult.  According the Arizona Revised Statue § 8-341 (C), depending on how this person is charged, one of the following will happen:

  1. If the defendant is charged as a juvenileand is adjudicated delinquent, one of the following things will happen:
    1. This person may be placed on Juvenile Intensive Probation, which may include house arrest or electronic monitoring
    2. This person may be placed on Juvenile Intensive Probation AND incarcerated in a juvenile detention center for a certain period of time
    3. This person may be committed to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
  2. However, if the defendant is charged as an adultand convicted of the criminal offence, one of the following things will happen:
    1. This person may be placed on Adult Standard Probation
    2. This person may be placed on Adult Intensive Probation
    3. If the defendant is placed on probation, they may also be ordered to serve up to one (1) year in jail
    4. This person may be committed to the Arizona Department of Adult Corrections

If the juvenile is convicted as an adult of any felony offense and commits any other offense, they will be prosecuted as an adult.  The juvenile court process is very different from the standard court process.  As such, it is very important to have a juvenile defense attorney who is experienced in Arizona juvenile law to represent your case.  At Oracle Law Group, our juvenile defense attorneys have the necessary experience needed to represent your case to the highest possible degree.  If you or a loved one have been charged with a juvenile criminal offense, call Oracle Law Group at (480) 704-0777 for a free consultation.  We listen, we care, and we want to help.