Courts are usually pretty lenient when a juvenile is charged with a crime in Arizona. Most judges and prosecutors support the idea that rehabilitation can prevent juveniles from becoming repeat offenders. The goal in a juvenile case should be to get a minimum sentence, deferred prosecution or rehabilitation. Juvenile defendants in Arizona deserve the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and live productive, fulfilling lives. When a juvenile is not a first time offender or accused of a serious crime, the main priority should be to keep their case within the juvenile justice system. Juveniles who have their cases moved into Arizona’s adult justice system often remain in that system for a majority of their lives.
This past Wednesday, a 17-year-old Chandler juvenile was arrested in association with two burglaries that occurred in October and December of last year. Police said that in addition to having multiple past warrants and a known connection to gangs, the juvenile suspect is also considered to be a flight risk. In cases such as this one, where the suspect is under 18 and has a track record of criminal behavior, the suspect should seek counsel from a juvenile criminal defense attorney. There’s a lot at stake when a juvenile is accused of a crime such as burglary in Arizona. Juvenile offenders need someone who can closely examine their case and provide them with strategic advice. For more information, or to schedule a free criminal consultation with a JacksonWhite juvenile defense attorney, call 480-818-9943. We also have numerous office locations including Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, Peoria and Glendale.