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For minors who have been accused of committing crimes in Arizona, they face the laws associated with juvenile court, rather than the adult judicial system. Juvenile crimes could be any crime committed by a minor (person under the age of 18). Examples of juvenile crimes include curfew violation, vandalism, drug possession, theft, robbery, and assault.
Often these cases can be complicated and require special consideration by an experienced juvenile defense lawyer; otherwise a brief lapse in judgment or a simple misunderstanding can have dire consequences on convicted minors. With their future at stake, it’s essential to find an aggressive and experienced lawyer who will make your child or loved one’s defense a priority.
What types of penalties are involved if convicted?
Under A.R.S. 13-501, minors between the ages of 15-18 that commit certain felonies in Arizona will be tried in adult judicial court.
This includes the following offenses:
At Sonoran Law Group, our attorneys understand that even though juvenile court tends to focus on rehabilitation versus punishment, a conviction of a juvenile crime can have immense consequences on a child, such as diminished employment opportunities and inferior education. These disadvantages could potentially affect the child’s future well into adulthood, therefore it is imperative that every child has qualified and dedicated legal representation.
If you are a minor facing criminal charges or you have a child who has been charged, do not hesitate to retain the Scottsdale representation you need. Our founding attorney Ryan M. Garvey is a former DOJ prosecutor with an undefeated trial record while holding this position. He is well acquainted with both sides of the courtroom giving him an advantage to create a strategic defense.