Typically, Arizona is more lenient with juveniles than adults when it comes to punishment for crimes. Minors convicted of crimes are often given an opportunity for rehabilitation instead of jail. However, minors with a criminal record or those convicted of serious felonies, such as murder or rape, can be punished severely. It is possible for a minor to be tried as an adult and given the stiffest penalty possible if they have a past record. Serious juvenile crimes can be punishable by fines, jail sentences and/or time in a juvenile detention facility. Although an important part of Arizona’s philosophy centers around offering rehabilitation to minors, it is still important for minors and their families to take charges for juvenile crimes seriously in order to prevent negative repercussions.
Jeremy Geigle and JacksonWhite’s criminal law team have successfully defended minors with numerous types of charges, and can provide minors with the protection they need to get their life back on track. Call criminal defense attorney Jeremy Geigle at (480) 818-9943 for a free consultation.