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The most typical Juvenile case we handle is DUI. Juvenile DUI’s are a crossover because of the DMV consequences, as well as the potential use of the conviction if you get a second or third, even after reaching 18.
Which Court Has Jurisdiction Over Juvenile Cases In Arizona?
In Arizona, Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over minors under the age of 18. Some more serious charges may result in a transfer to adult criminal court. Technically, in Juvenile Court it is not guilty, because it is not an adult crime. Therefore the charge is being delinquent by committing an offense that would be a crime if you were 18 or older. Almost all juvenile cases are handled through the Juvenile Court of the County. Some minor offenses can remain in City Court. The atmosphere in Juvenile Court is more relaxed that criminal Court. There is no jury trial, all cases are decided by the Judge as it is not technically criminal.
How Long Do Juvenile Cases Typically Take To Resolve?
There are times where cases are disposed of early before ever seeing a judge, by way of taking classes and the like. Juvenile Court has the power to do these types of things. Not so with DUI. The Juvenile DUI statutes call for mandatory incarceration in the Juvenile detention facility. This is where we can help try and get the charge reduced. Also a DUI Juvenile conviction/adjudication triggers loss of license for 3 years.
Why Is It Important To Hire An Experienced Attorney To Handle A Juvenile Case?
Now, with drug charges and theft, these problems are sealed at age 18 and should not affect the person in the future. DUI is one of the only charges that has no age boundary. Yes, private attorneys are very effective in most cases. Typically only the public defenders handle Juvenile matters because it is an automatic appointment. You must seek out and hire private counsel. My experience is that when private counsel enters the case, it disrupts the normal flow between the prosecutor and public defender. We challenge things that are out of the ordinary. We usually do very well for our clients.
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